Laikipia, located in the central highlands of Kenya, is considered the breadbasket of the Kenyan people with many staple crops grown. Four rivers, one of which is perennial, flow through the region making it a compelling place to live for both people and animals alike. Considered as the gateway to Kenya’s northern wild and scarcely populated frontier country, much of Laikipia is covered by large privately owned ranches where the cattle share the land with the free roaming wildlife.
After Tsavo, Laikipia is Kenya’s most extensive wildlife haven, forming part of the much broader 56,000 sq km Ewaso Ecosystem. All of the ‘Big Five’ mammals occur in Laikipia. Indeed, the elephant population of about 7,000 is, in Kenya, outnumbered only by that in Tsavo. Half of all the endangered Black Rhinos found in Kenya today are in Laikipia.
Laikipia may now support as many as 250 lions – a significant proportion of the estimated 2,000 individuals that remain in Kenya, as well as hosting the largest remaining populations of various other endangered mammals, including Grevy’s Zebra and Reticulated Giraffe, as well as an expanding population of African Wild dog.