Kora Project

Kora National Park, now a 1700 square kilometer national park, has a history that reflects its remoteness.

The park owes its existence in large part to George Adamson who lived there for over 20 years and who was joined there for 18 years by Tony Fitzjohn.  Together they famously rehabilitated lions and leopards back to the wild. After Adamson’s death at the hands of Somali poachers in Kora in 1989, the park deteriorated. Recently, the Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS) has been active in revitalizing Kora. WildlifeNOW and all associated trusts have a strong commitment to helping Kora prosper and persevere. At the request of the Kenyan government and Kenya Wildlife Services, Tony Fitzjohn has conducted surveys of Kora to ascertain the best next steps for development and protection of the area.

Today, the political will is in place to protect Kora and its ecosystem through rehabilitation of the land and protection of its inhabitants. A close neighbor, Meru National Park, is now physically linked by a bridge over the Tana River to Kora National Park, forming one of the most important ecosystems in Kenya.