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Borana shares a joint conservation management policy with its neighbours that is dedicated to protecting a quarter of a million acres of Africa’s awe-inspiring natural environment.

During a good afternoon on Borana, we might see 23 different kinds of animals and an extensive list of the animals that live here is below. Around 300 elephants roam freely through the conservation area, in search of food, water and security. We have a dozen matriarch cows with radio collars in the Laikipia area so that we can monitor their movements. One matriarch took her extended family of sixty for 92 miles in one week. This research is of great importance to us in our search for a way in which they and we can continue to live together in the future.
As cattle farmers, we are constantly seeking a way to live in harmony with Africa’s predators and monitor our lions closely to protect our cattle, camels, sheep and horses from their depredation.
We still lose about ten or twenty head of livestock each year to lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and jackals.

Mammals List

Black Rhinocerus - Diceros bicornis

Rabbits & Hares - Lagomorpha
Cape Hare - Lepus capensis

Rodents - Rodentia
Crested Porcupine - Hystrix cristata
Ground Squirrel - Xerus erythropus

Bush Baby - Galago senegalensis
Olive Baboon - Papio anubis

Patas Monkey - Erythrocebus patas

Vervet Monkey - Cercopithecus aethiops

Carnivores - Carnivora
Aardwolf - Proteles cristatus
African Civet Cat - Civettictis civetta
Bat-eared Fox - Octocyon megaloti
Cape Clawless Otter - Aonyx capensis
Caracal - Felis caracal
Cheetah - Acinoyx jubatus
Common Genet - Genetta genetta
Slender Mongoose - Herpestes sanguineus
Ratel (Honey Badger) - Mellivora capensis
Serval Cat - Felis serval
Side-striped Jackal - Canis adustus
Spotted Hyaena - Crocuta crocuta
Striped Hyaena - Hyaena hyaena
Leopard - Panthera pardus
Lion - Panthera leo
White-tailed Mongoose - Ichenumia albicauda
Wild Dog or Hunting Dog - Lycaon pictus
Zorilla - Ictonyx striatus

Aardvarks - Tubulidentata
Aardvark - Orycteropus jonstoni

Hyraxes - Hyracoidea
Rock Hyrax - Procavia capensis
Tree Hyrax - Dendrohyrax arboreus

Elephants - Proboscidea
Elephant - Loxodonta Africana

Odd-toed Ungulates - Perissodactyla
Common Zebra - Hippotigris quagga
Grevy’s Zebra - Hippotigris grevyi

Even-toed Ungulates - Artiodactyla
Bohor Reedbuck - Redunca redunca
Buffalo - Syncerus caffer
Bush Duiker - Syvicapra grimmia
Bush Pig - Potamochoerus larvatus
Bushbuck - Tragelaphus scriptus
Dik-dik - Madoqua guentheri
Eland - Taurotragus oryx
Gerenuk - Litocranius walleri
Grant’s Gazelle - Gazella granti
Greater Kudu - Traegelaphus strepsiceros
Hartebeest - Alcephalus b.jacksoni
Impala - Aepyceros melampus
Klipspringer - Oreotragus oreotragus
Mountain Reedbuck - Fulvorufula chanleri
Oryx Beisa - Oryx beisa beisa
Reticulated Giraffe - Giraffa camelopardalis
Steinbok - Raphicerus campestris
Warthog - Phacochoreus africanus
Waterbuck - Cobus e. defassa

Over our eastern boundary on the Lewa Conservancy are:

White Rhinocerus - Ceratotherium simun
Sitatunga - Tragelaphus spekei

And 20% of the world's population of Grevy's Zebra!


Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much larger and better in every way.


John Muir