our story

Our Story

LUMO Community Wildlife Conservancy is located within the Tsavo Landscape in Taita Taveta County. The
conservancy was established in 1997, but it was until 2001 that it was registered. The conservancy is made
up of three community ranches Lualenyi, Mramba and Oza, each contributing 28,000 acres, 10,000acres
and 10,000 acres respectively, totaling to 48,000 Acres. Located on the border with Tsavo West National
Park, LUMO conservancy is an important piece of land as it is a wildlife corridor as it facilitates movement
and dispersity of wildlife populations in Tsavo East, West and Mkomazi National Parks in Kenya and
Tanzania respectively

Story Behind Wildlife Conservation

With growing awareness of the interconnectedness between ecosystems and the urgent need to address human impacts on the environment, modern wildlife conservation has expanded its focus. Conservationists now tackle issues such as habitat loss, poaching, climate change, pollution, and the preservation of biodiversity.

Today, wildlife conservation efforts encompass a wide range of strategies and approaches, including habitat protection, species reintroduction, captive breeding programs, community engagement, scientific research, sustainable practices, and policy advocacy. Collaboration between governments, NGOs, local communities, and individuals plays a crucial role in securing a future where wildlife thrives alongside human development.

While many challenges remain, the history of wildlife conservation serves as a testament to humanity’s growing recognition of the importance of preserving our planet’s rich and diverse natural heritage for future generations.


LUMO Community Wildlife Conservancy, the premier conservancy in the Tsavo Conservation area, is home to the historic man-eaters of Tsavo and a transit corridor that provides connectivity for wild animals to freely roam between the Tsavo Conservation Area in Kenya and the Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanzania. Although the conservancy was established in 2001 and formalized in 2009 through the signing of a Trust Deed between the primary land holdings of Lualenyi, Mramba and Oza, the Taita community has had a long history of co-existence with wildlife, thus ensuring the conservation and protection of this heritage through cultural and social norms, myths and traditional practices. Further, the community has dedicated 66% of their land to formal wildlife protected areas, the Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Park

2011-To Date

The main purpose of establishing the conservancy was to undertake wildlife conservation and management programs develop tourism business as a means to enhance local livelihoods, and, boost livestock production. This remains the main motivation for the continued existence of the conservancy. However, since its inception, the conservancy has suffered governance and managerial challenges and inadequate community benefits. In late 2017, AWF partnered with USAID and KWCA to implement a program seeking to address these challenges. As a result of this partnership, a Conservation and Management Plan for the conservancy has been developed to “Provide a practical framework for improving livelihoods of LUMO Community based on sustainable use and conservation of the conservancy’s outstanding natural resources and biodiversity essential for the social and economic development of the area.”