Kenya plays host to an almost unrivalled array of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The famous wildebeest herds of the Mara are a small part of the fauna of a country that is associated with Africa's wild savannah.
The Laikipia Plateau is a conservancy area of 9 500 sq. km, and a major component of the Ewaso Ecosystem, which supports the second highest density of wildlife in Kenya. Ewaso is home to 7 000 elephant, Kenya's second largest herd, as well as lion, leopard and buffalo. It also supports important populations of black rhino, some 2 000 Grevy's zebra (70% of the world's population), 2 000 of the global population of reticulated giraffe, Kenya's only viable populations of the endangered patas monkey, and Lelwel hartebeest, as well as one of the few expanding populations of African wild dog.