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Endangered Species Itinerary - Kenya

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For sheer weight of numbers, species of animals and birdlife, the wildlife reserves of East Africa are arguably the world’s best and most rewarding.

For endangered species, these reserves are considered to offer the best game and bird viewing, anywhere in Africa. The views across the rolling golden grasslands studded with acacia trees, rivers and forests are dazzling, the sense of space overwhelming. With our passion for Africa, our passion for wildlife and our passion for flying, we hope to show you the magic that we call our home.

The essence of our unique Endangered Species flying safari, is the focus on animals considered to be either threatened, endangered or critically endangered, according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

As our guest, you will have the unique opportunity to spend valuable time with dedicated wildlife specialists, to hear and see first-hand from them, why each species is at risk of demise and the valiant actions being taken to protect these magnificent species.

Discover from experts on the ground the steps being taken to preserve and protect these amazing animals, coupled with the excitement of flying above Kenya in an luxury Cessna Grand Caravan

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The Endangered List

Lion (Panthera leo) The global population is inferred to have undergone a dramatic reduction of approximately 43% over the past 21 years, (approximately three Lion generations 1993-2014). This reduction is primarily attributed to the predator human conflict, specifically overlapping of hunting / grazing grounds.

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) The known Cheetah population worldwide is roughly 6,700 adult and adolescent animals distributed across 29 subpopulations worldwide. Of these, 1,960 adults are found in Eastern Africa. By far the biggest threat to this species is the loss of hunting habitat, followed by encroachment of Lion prides and the predator human conflict.

Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis) Listed as critically endangered the population of Black Rhino has declined by an estimated 97.6% since 1960, mainly as a result of poaching for their horns. Since 1995 and concerted worldwide awareness campaigns, numbers have been steadily increasing at a continental level with numbers doubling to 4,880 by the end of 2010. Current numbers are however still 90% lower than three generations ago.

The African Elephant (Loxodonta Africana) Poaching for ivory and meat has traditionally been the major cause of the species' decline. Currently their biggest threat is the loss and fragmentation of habitat caused by ongoing human population expansion and land conversion increasing the human-elephant conflict. Although up to 70% of the species range is believed to lie in unprotected land, most large populations occur within protected areas. This further aggravates the population threat Population numbers remain still unconfirmed.

The endangered Grevy’s Zebra (Equus grevyi) also known as the Imperial Zebra, is the largest extant wild equid and the largest and most threatened of the three species of zebra. Only found northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia, the Grevy's Zebra population is estimated to have declined by more than 50% over the past 18 years based on direct observation and potential/actual levels of exploitation. In addition, the current total population is estimated at 750 mature individuals, with the largest subpopulation estimated at 255 mature individuals.

Rothschild Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi) is a subspecies of the Northern Giraffe. Named in honour of the London zoologist Lionel Walter Rothschild. It is one of the tallest giraffe’s species, standing at 19 feet in height. Poaching, traditional hunting, and degradation of their habitat are the primary reasons for their critical endangered status and the future for the species is in serious jeopardy. Today there are only around 1500 individuals in the world.


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Epic helicopter journeys exploring corners of Africa that few have been to or even ever heard of. We specialise in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, the Congo and Namibia. Our tailor-made safaris cover wild and spectacular mountains, valleys, forests and deserts, with a focus on ‘remote and unknown, unexplored and unforgettable’.

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- Utterly designed and tailored around you and your requirements

- Totally unique every time you travel with us

- The very best hand picked guides which can make the difference between a  good and an outstanding holiday

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- Established over 30 years ago we have been around longer than most

- Our specialists come from, have lived in or travelled extensively in the regions we cover

- Unparalleled knowledge provides you with the best possible experience

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Making a difference

- Philanthropy is our philosophy

- Our founding principle is to always ‘put something back’

- An amount from each holiday is donated to our selected conservation and humanitarian charities

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