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found and the plight of elephants in that area.
SABACHI - from Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy
Namunyak Conservancy, which means ‘blessed’ in the language of the Samburu is a 335,000 hectare (825,000 acre) conservation area on the edge of Kenya’s northern frontier. The conservancy surrounds the Mathews mountain range. Driven by the need to protect the unique and valuable Mathews mountain range, Namunyak has increased overtime and now encompasses 6 group ranches surrounding and the Mathews range, which itself is designated as a forest reserve. When viewed from the air, it is clear to see why the Samburu saw this place as ‘blessed’. The Mathews range covers approximately 90,000 hectares within the conservancy and its peaks rise up to 6,000 ft from the surrounding shrubby, but equally spectacular 2,500 ft high ‘lowlands’. Draped over the peaks and hills of the Mathews range lies a vast expanses of lush, pristine, indigenous forests, including the Kitich forest, which play host to, and acts as a refuge for, a number of endemic and rare wildlife and plant species; such as the De Brazza colobus monkey and beautiful Hartlaub’s turaco, as well as a multitude of butterflies (150 species), birds (350 species) and countless wild forest flowers and orchids. In addition to the endemic species, Namunyak serves as a critical sanctuary for many threatened animals and holds abundant and crucial populations of Grevy Zebra, Leopard, African Hunting Dog, Lion, Gerenuk, Giraffe, Greater Kudu, Buffalo, Bushbuck, Forest Hog and, of course, African Elephants. The Namunyak Conservancy and surrounding areas are of particular importance to the conservation and survival of Elephants as they move seasonally between the Mathews range and the Mt. Kenya and Ngare Ndare forests, a route they have used for generations and, it is hoped, will continue to use for generations to come.