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The 9,500km² Laikipia District is located to the northwest of snow-capped Mount Kenya. The Laikipia plains are physically diverse and scenically spectacular, covered by open grasslands, basalt hills, lonely kopjes and dense cedar forests. Increasingly acknowledged as one of the most important areas for biodiversity in Kenya, wildlife population densities rank second to the Maasai Mara ecosystem. The diversity of large mammals is higher than in any other part of Kenya and Laikipia is host to the highest populations of endangered species including black rhino, Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Lelwel hartebeest and the rare wild dog.