Saving Habitats

Protecting the future of all wildlife and biodiversity

With the support of local partners including the Kenya Forest Service and Kenya Wildlife Service, we are working to secure Kenya’s unique and endangered wild habitats. Measures include erecting and maintaining fencelines (Wild Borders) to secure wildlife areas and reduce human-wildlife conflict and providing financial support to empower community-led initiatives that protect and preserve areas of biodiversity.

250,000

Land protected (Acres)

36,000

Trees planted in 2018

188+ Kms

Fencelines erected and maintained

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Our Initiatives include

Kibwezi Forest

The Kibwezi Forest is one of Kenya's last remaining groundwater woodlands. Having secured a 30 year concession to conserve this environmentally rich site, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has embarked on a partnership with the Kenya Forest Service to protect and sustain this unique area.

This space represents the largest neighbouring protected area in Kenya and is also one of its most important conservation areas. Located within the forest, the Umani Springs are an increasingly important water source for the human population in the surrounding areas as well as wildlife, as it is also the only surface water available throughout the dry seasons in this region. The forest and springs is home to a number of large mammals, birds, reptiles, butterflies, invertebrates and fish. The Kibwezi Forest is also home to our most recently built elephant reintegration unit - Umani Springs.

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Wild Borders (fencelines)

Nairobi National Park

In 2011, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust funded the upgrade of 15km of fenceline along the south-eastern boundary of Nairobi National Park, where the park borders local communities. This unshortable, human-proof electric fence will remain live, even when tampered with or cut, and has proved to be extremely effective in protecting the Park’s wild inhabitants and preventing human-wildlife conflict and illegal activities.

In 2013, following a request from the Kenya Wildlife Service, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust funded the upgrade of a further 1.7km of fenceline within the Park, in the vicinity of the KWS staff compound, which was being breached by wild animals and humans alike, creating serious issues concerning the security of the Park’s rhinos. ​​​​​​​

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