As a result of past and present illegal logging, self-subsistent agriculture and shifting cultivation the forested areas rich in indigenous plant life are struggling to restore their natural balance. It is essential that logging and unsustainable agricultural practices are brought to a complete halt and that regeneration of the forest, and particularly the indigenous trees, is facilitated.

Some forested areas within the district are now mainly comprised of secondary growth, bushes and palms with patches of old indigenous forest with tall trees of many different species still existing. Some of these species, including Manilkara sulcuta and Afzelia quanzensis are important forage trees for various wildlife species as well as for local medicine.

Nine threatened plant species including the critically endangered Euphorbia tanaensis also occur within the Greater Lamu Eco-region.

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Severe drought in Lamu threatens wildlife

The prolonged drought in Lamu is threatening the survival of many wild species including hippos, buffalo and lions. Wild animals have been forced to drink saline water from the Indian Ocean as natural watering holes rapidly dry out.

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Long awaited rains arrive in Lamu

The rich fauna of the Lamu Archipelago has been under threat in recent months due to a prolonged dry spell across much of Kenya. The drought hit the region’s wildlife hard with animals suffering from severe thirst and starvation, but thankfully Lamu’s diverse species are making a come back.

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Lamu's Cultural Festival - best yet!

The Lamu Cultural Festival is an annual event which exists to showcase Lamu’s rich culture and heritage. The event has captivated the world for centuries and we were delighted to see such a fantastic turn out this year. Over 100,000 visitors, both local and international, attended the popular festival which was held in Lamu Old Town, a World Heritage Site.

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Hippopotamus pod search for water in drying waterhole

Our teams recently spotted 40 hippos in search for water in a drying waterhole near the Witu livestock camp. Over time we have seen this once lush area struggle in the face of severe drought, human encroachment and overgrazing.

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