Understanding, protecting and restoring bird of prey populations in Kenya.
Over 100 species of raptors (also known as birds of prey) have been recorded in Kenya; these include all vultures, eagles, hawks, buzzards, goshawks, sparrowhawks, harriers, falcons, kestrels, owls, the osprey and the secretarybird. Most of these species are predators and/or scavengers and many of them are breeding residents or are regular migrants to the region. Unfortunately, many of Kenya’s raptors are declining rapidly and without immediate conservation action will continue to disappear from across the country. The primary drivers of these declines are habitat loss, Human-Wildlife Conflict, wildlife poisoning, and poorly designed energy infrastructure. It is important that raptor populations are studied in order to prevent conflict and promote coexistence.
The Kenya Bird of Prey Trust (KBoPT) is a registered Kenyan Trust (not- for-profit organisation) founded on many years of experience of bird of prey management and conservation in Kenya and around the world. Their monitoring and research efforts are focused on using the latest methods and technologies to improve the understanding of species’ populations and ecology to directly inform their conservation. They design practical solutions to contribute to raptor conservation and engage in the mitigation of human-caused raptor mortality, especially in terms of deaths caused by power lines, poisoning, and persecution. They also work tirelessly to identify areas of significant raptor importance to ensure that these landscapes are protected in perpetuity.
The small dedicated team working at the Naivasha Raptor Centre
A wood owl- a species often persecuted out of ignorance by people
Jonathan with some of the rescued vultures
Feeding time at the Naivasha Raptor Centre
A young crowned eagle
An Eleonora's falcon, recovering at the Soysambu Raptor Centre
Guests enjoy getting up close to the birds in the vulture enclosure
Leah with Phil, a Verreaux's eagle-owl
Breeding pair of spotted eagle-owls with their two chicks
We are proud to be a major supporter of the KBoPT. Each month we cover the costs of providing high quality meat for all of the rescued birds living between the two raptor centers. We have also provided funding towards poison-response kits, owl boxes, X-ray equipment and donated a solar-freezer to the Soysambu Raptor Center.
Loldia House guests are encouraged to visit the Naivasha Raptor Centre where they can spend time with the birds and learn about their rescue, rehabilitation and conservation. Visits are by appointment only either at 11am or 3pm. A USD20 donation is suggested for our guests. We can also arrange for presentations to be given by one of the The Kenya Bird of Prey Trust directors followed by dinner with an informal question and answer session at Loldia House. A minimum donation of USD150 is required and this must be booked in advance.
Donations towards the upkeep of the birds at the centre are gratefully accepted via our donation button.