LUMO Community Wildlife Sanctuary

Background:

LUMO Community Wildlife Sanctuary came into being in 1997 when three of the Ranches situated in the Tsavo West Zone namely Lualenyi, Mramba and Oza merged to form a wildlife conservancy.

Lumo is part of the historical elephant migration corridor linking Tsavo Ecosystem to the Shimba Hills in the neighboring Kwale County. Lualenyi was established in 1965 as a Limited Ranching Company, Oza and Mramba established in the 1980 and 1991 respectively, are communally owned. Together they add to 5288 shareholders.

In 1997, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed among the three ranches, formally establishing the LUMO Community Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary was registered as Self-Help Group in 1998 and later as a Trust in the year 2001.

LUMO membership is solely drawn from the Taita Ethnic Community. Organizational structure consist of the Board of Trustees is comprised of nine members (i.e. the chairman, secretary, treasurer and 6 others from member ranches equally). The sanctuary has a manager, accounts clerk and 14 game scouts professionally trained by KWS at Manyani field training school.

The area is rich in animal diversity with over 102 animals of which 61 are large mammals and over 350 bird species being recorded. The land is mainly rolling Savannah and the stunning views from over lodge (Lion Bluff) stretch to Tanzania pare mountains and legendary Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The Conservancy was establish to mainly to mainly benefit the community and it boasts of 100% employment of its staffs, from the manager, accounts clerk to its dedicated rangers. The community also gets bursaries from the sanctuary which is devoted to improvement in infrastructure, education and health to neighboring community. With the drilled borehole funded by AWF, locals from villages around do come to Lumo to fetch water.

The initial development of Lumo has been possible due to funding from two donors. The European Union, through the Biodiversity Conservation program (BCP) has financed LUMO for developing of the sanctuary’s infrastructure, while USAID through the conservation of resources through enterprise (CORE) program to develop a tented lodge which they now have leased to a private investor at a fee. African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) participated in the completion of the lodge (Lions Bluff) and is the development partner.

The objectives of the Conservancy are:-

  • To promote biodiversity conservation
  • To help in poverty alleviation and improve the living standards of the community sustainably.
  • To encourage tourism related enterprises and other environmental, economical and social complementary land use.

Vision:

“To be the leading tourist destination centre in eastern and southern Africa.”

Mission:

“Lumo is a community based conservancy that provides ecotourism services to protect the wildlife of Tsavo.”

Objectives:
The main object of the LUMO Community Wildlife Trust is solely for the purpose of the relief of poverty or distress of the members and the advancement of education within the Taita Community.
Other objectives include;

  • To promote tourism to LUMO around the world.
  • To carry out general public education in order to create conservation awareness in order to gain public support for conservation.
  • To encourage national and international co-operation in formulating laws that are friendly to conservation in all its aspects.
  • To encourage provisions of public recreation areas to help in preserving the objects of beauty, geological, prehistoric, historical archaeological and other scientific interests.
  • To liaise with the government, non-governmental organizations and international agencies involved in tourism development projects, including proposal writings,   evaluation of sustainable utilization of resources, protected areas, management plans  and harmonization of the various interests and parties affected by tourists in anyway.
  • To protect and manage all natural resources, living and non-living including wildlife and their habitats, including land for crops ores soil, air and water within the trust area.
  • To establish sanctuaries to protect wildlife species and allow wild animals and plants to breed in safety.
  • To protect water catchments and scenic areas in order to ensure that water is always available and soil erosion will not occur.

Recent Updates

Fundraising Event for the Community

10 May 2011

The first EGGS ‘Eye Go Game Spotting’ competition was won by ‘Scrambled Eggs’ led by Alex Rostocil, narrowly beating the home team; Sarova of Taita Hills. Each vehicle had thirty...

Elephant Count

11 May 2011

In February an extensive elephant count was carried out within the total Tsavo eco-system by KWS and IFAW amongst other concerned donors. Despite the dreadful drought of 2009 and the...

Water management

11 May 2011

The pulse of activity within LUMO CommunityWildlife Sanctuary is dictated by the rains. Our short rains failed, but we had a green Christmas followed by a short dry period and...

Funds to the Community

11 May 2011

After 10 years the shareholders finally received a tangible financial return for setting aside their land to form the LUMO Community Wildlife Sanctuary Trust which you have enjoyed. Lualenyi, Maramba...