June 25, 2017
The Marathon takes place at The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, an award-winning catalyst and model for community conservation, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Green List of successful protected areas. By April 2017, the Lewa/Borana landscape, 93,000 acres, has protected 14% of Kenya's entire rhino population. Sadly, the illegal killing of wildlife continues to plague the continent, putting immense pressure on conservancies and other wildlife areas with rhino and elephant populations. As an exception however, Lewa's efforts in gathering of intelligence, increased use of technology, staff motivation and most importantly, greater investment to neighboring communities paid off and in the past three years, the Conservancy has not lost any rhinos to poachers.
The money raised from this race goes towards protecting African wildlife as well as supporting education, conservation, & community development projects.
Led by Anne Krumme, the new Executive Director of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (based in USA), Team Gazelle is a crew of San Franciscans, New Yorkers and local Lewa staff in Kenya running the Tusk half marathon. We appreciate donations of all sizes and thank you for your support!