Ol Ari Nyiro

Country/territory: Kenya

IBA criteria met: A1 (2014)
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Area: 90,000 ha


Site summary
Ol Ari Nyiro (OAN) which was also called Laikipia Nature Conservancy (LNC) stands out among other conservation areas in the greater Laikipia region for two main reasons. First, it remains the largest privately protected area in the area covering 400 km2, encompassing the most diverse habitat types from grass lands, high forest to riverine vegetation. Secondly, its the only conservancy in Laikipia without livestock, exclusively dedicated to nature conservation following the complete eradication of cattle ranching in 1998. A remarkable improvement in biodiversity richness has been witnessed since then, with significant increase in vegetation cover.

National Museums of Kenya especially the Directorate of Research and Collection and Collections and the Gallmann Memorial Foundation

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ol Ari Nyiro. Downloaded from on 27/09/2023.