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Welcome to the Athi Kapiti Conservation Initiative. The initiative is a major conservation program to conserve the immense biological diversity across the Athi Kapiti plains. A core part of the initiative is the Athi Kapiti Conservancy. Located a mere 40km from Nairobi off the Mombassa road, the conservancy is one of Kenya’s most accessible wildlife reserves.

The Athi Kapiti plains have long been known as the favored hunting  grounds of Theodore Roosevelt, Richard Meinhertzagen, Denys Finch-Hatton  and Abel Chapman. In 1906 Abel Chapman considered Stony Athi and  Lukenya Hill to be one of the most prolific wildlife areas in Africa.  Today, though diminished, great numbers of game can still be seen on the  plains of the conservancy and surrounding plains.

The Athi Kapiti plains are a critical dispersal area for Nairobi  national Park, and act as a wet season concentration area for wildlife  dispersing out from Amboseli National Park to the south. In addition, it  is a preferred calving ground for the wildebeest migrating from the  southern plains of Tsavo West, Chulu and Amboseli. In former times it  represented the second largest wildlife migration in Kenya after the  Serengeti-Mara migration. Species consist of plains game such as  wildebeest, kongoni and zebra with attendant Thomson’s gazelle and  Grant’s gazelle, as well as predators such as cheetah and hyena. The  Athi-Kapiti plains stretch from to Nairobi NP as well as Amboseli NP,  which are both Important Bird Areas (IBA) and which hold more than 500  bird species with over 40 birds of prey. Some species are of global  conservation value, such as the lesser kestrel, as well as some  regionally threatened species such as the martial eagle and white-headed  vulture.

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