Kenya has five national sanctuaries, twenty two national parks and twenty eight terrestrial national reserves that in total amounts to approximately 8% of the country's land mass protected as wildlife habitat. One of Kenya's most visited parks is the Nairobi National Park. Nairobi National Park depends on the lands south of the park for habitat and wildlife movement. These plains are now, now more that ever, facing rapid development, land conservation and habitat fragmentation, putting the entire park at risk.
Mr John Keen has watched these changes take place in this landscape for over seven decades. The Keen family own land adjacent to Nairobi National Park and they wanted to ensure that this land remains open for wildlife and future generations.
To do so, the Keen family worked with AWF - The African Wildlife Foundation - and KWS - The Kenyan Wild life Service to protect their voluntarily given land with an environmental easement, the first in Kenya. The easement ensures that the land will remain intact and open for wildlife, and will continue to host people at Masai Lodge in a beautiful and natural setting. The Keens' easement donation is an enormous gift to Kenya. Their leadership will hopefully inspire others to do the same.