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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