African Conservation Centre
African Conservation Centre integrates knowledge, environment and livelihoods to sustain biodiversity in East Africa. As an African hub for cutting edge ecological research and community-based conservation practices, we bring together the people and resources needed for long-term solutions. ACC’s mission is to conserve biodiversity in East Africa and beyond through the collaborative application of scientific and indigenous knowledge, improved livelihoods and good governance through development of local institutions. Our vision is to conserve the diversity of life for the well being of all people and the environment.
Africa Network for Animal Welfare
Africa Network for Animal Welfare is a Pan African Organization working through Partnerships and networks for the welfare of farm, companion, working, lab and wild animals. It is based in Kenya.
ANAW exists to promote the protection appreciation and care for all animals through humane education to change people’s attitudes towards animals. Animals are sentient beings just like humans meaning they feel pain and are emotional.
ANAW’s work is anchored on the understanding and appreciation that animals are sentient beings. They have feelings, emotions and respond to psychological and physiological changes of the environment.
African Wildlife Foundation
AWF works with governments and communities in developing conservation reserves outside protected areas. These reserves are set aside to ensure there is space for wildlife outside the protected areas. AWF also ensures that the protected areas remain connected and any developments impacting negatively on the reserves are addressed.
The Awaii Community Foundation is guided by the VISION of accountability, integrity, transparency, all-inclusiveness none profit organization that values and practices democratic ideals, and which promotes cohesion in diversity for SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT and committed to AWAII COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. The foundation’s mission is about influencing and facilitating policy change to alleviate poverty promote to quality Education, Health, Water & Sanitation and advocate for good governance engaging all Stake holders Kenyan children, adult’s women and men, and the disabled persons.
Amboseli Trust for Elephants
The Amboseli Trust for Elephants (ATE) aims to ensure the long-term conservation and welfare of Africa’s elephants in the context of human needs and pressures through scientific research, training, community outreach, public awareness and advocacy. ATE is a not-for-profit trust registered in Kenya and the USA (501(c)(3)). ATE’s operational focus is in Amboseli National Park and the surrounding ecosystem; its influence reaches out to elephant conservation, management and policy setting worldwide.
Big Life Foundation
Using innovative conservation strategies and collaborating closely with communities and partners, Big Life Foundation seeks to protect East Africa’s wildlife and wild lands. The first organisation in East Africa with coordinated anti-poaching teams on both sides of the Kenya-Tanzania border; Big Life recognizes that sustainable conservation can only be achieved through a community-based collaborative approach. Big Life’s philosophy is to provide conservation-related benefits to local communities, and through this to change attitudes and behaviors in favor of wildlife protection. Big Life has established a successful holistic conservation model in the Amboseli-Tsavo- Kilimanjaro ecosystem that incorporates wildlife protection and job creation through employment of community rangers; support for communities dealing with crop raiding wildlife; conflict mitigation between humans and predators through livestock compensation; improved education through support for local teachers and scholarships for children; and creation of the Maasai Olympics, a sporting event aimed at providing conservation education and reducing traditional lion killing.
Born Free Foundation
The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, founded in 1984 by the actors Bill Travers MBE and Virginia McKenna OBE, stars of the iconic film Born Free which was shot in Kenya 50 years ago, and their son, Will Travers OBE, the charity’s President. From small beginnings, the Born Free Foundation has grown into a global force for wildlife. But a personal passion for wild animals and desire for positive change remain at our heart. We are devoted to compassionate conservation and animal welfare. Our work to prevent individual animal suffering, protect threatened species and keep wildlife in the wild sets us apart from the rest. Born Free is not a big anonymous organisation, but a family of like-minded people who share the same goals.
Center for Rural Urban Development
We work on sensitization of communities on the importance of conserving the environment .we do this by organizing education forums on the way people should learn how to deal with poaching and destruction of crops by wild animals.
Chepkitale Indigenous Peoples Development Program
Mt Elgon Ecosystem is one of the major ecosystems in Kenya, but it is a neglected areas in terms of conservation. As a local NGO, we have been partnering with KWS in an effort to bring down poaching which is threatening wildlife. Forest conservation is also one of our areas of focus.
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa. Trust embraces all measures that compliment the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife. These include anti-poaching, safe guarding the natural environment, enhancing community awareness, addressing animal welfare issues, providing veterinary assistance to animals in need, rescuing and hand rearing elephant and rhino orphans, along with other species that can ultimately enjoy a quality of life in wild terms when grown.
Ecological Society for Eastern Africa (ESEA)
ESEA endeavors to promote Sustainable Development through wise use of natural resources or prosperity and future of the people of Eastern Africa. This is to be achieved through high quality research, education,technological innovations, and information and resource sharing. We are involved in conducting capacity building in ecological issues, harnessing and disseminating ecological information by organizing scientific conferences, networking ecologists in the region and partnering in projects and activities that are consistent with our objectives.The Ecological Society for Eastern Africa (ESEA) was founded in 2007 with financial support from British Ecological Society (BES). ESEA is legally registered in Kenya where its secretariat is based, at the National Museums of Kenya, Museum hill road, Nairobi, Kenya. ESEA maintains within-country vibrancy through functional country chapters in Uganda (Makerere University), Tanzania (Sokoine University) and Ethiopia (Woita Sodo University).
Elephant Neighbors Center
Mr. Jim Nyamu, is ENC co-founder with 16 years’ experience of studying elephant in Kenya and Africa. On 9th – 23rd Feb 2013, he walked from Mombasa to Nairobi (500 km) and on 11th May – 29th June 2013 he walked from Maasai Mara – Nakuru – Samburu – Nanyuki – Laikipia – Pokot – Meru – Nyeri and Nairobi (KWS Langata) (1,710km) educating people about Elephants, Rhinos, Lions and other wild animals conservation, creating awareness on the dangers of poaching to our economy and collecting community’s views. He collected over 10,000 signatures as a sign of renewing elephant conservation goodwill. Jim Nyamu is the founder and the Executive Director for Elephant Neighbors Center. ENC is a local NG that focuses on enhancing the capacity of communities living with wildlife to promote inter- linkages between species and their habitats.
ElephantVoices’ mission is to inspire wonder in the intelligence, complexity and voices of elephants, and to secure a kinder future for them. Our goals are to advance the study of elephant cognition, communication and social behavior, and to promote the scientifically sound and ethical management and care of elephants. We accomplish these through research, conservation, advocacy and the sharing of knowledge.
Ewaso Lions is a non-profit wildlife organisation with a mission to conserve Kenya’s lions and other large carnivores by promoting coexistence between people and wildlife. Ewaso Lions, founded in 2007 by fourth generation Kenyan Shivani Bhalla, works in northern Kenya’s Samburu, Laikipia, and Isiolo Counties across four major land use types. The team – the majority of whom hail from the local Samburu and Turkana communities – use sound science, education, and capacity building to foster support for conservation and to help guide the long-term conservation management of lions in protected areas and on private lands. Ewaso Lions believes that the success of lion conservation hinges on the involvement of local communities. As such, all conservation solutions are rooted in traditional cultural practice and based on local knowledge. Other community programmes run by Ewaso Lions include: Warrior Watch (engaging the moran demographic), Mama Simba (engaging women), Wazee Watch (engaging elders) and Boma Watch (focused on conflict).
Friends of Nairobi National Park (FoNNaP)
FoNNaP is a non-profit making Society founded in 1995. Its objectives are, among others, to promote the retention of the wild and indigenous nature and biological diversity of Nairobi Park, including its ecosystem, flora and fauna; to encourage and built partnerships with rural and urban communities that borders the Park and its migration routes; to influence opinions and decisions concerning activities and events which might have detrimental effects on the Park’s ecosystem, its biological diversity, its density of flora and fauna and its access routes for migration.
Grevy’s Zebra Trust
The Grevy’s Zebra Trust brings together women, elders, warriors and children, in a united effort to save the species. Through this unique partnership we are addressing key threats facing Grevy’s zebra. Together, through an exchange of respective knowledge, we work to restore Grevy’s zebra habitat, we protect the zebras from poaching, we help them survive during times of environmental stress, we create conservation awareness within the wider community, and we support the next generation to graduate secondary school.
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
IFAW, founded in 1969, is a global animal welfare and conservation organization that seeks to save individual animals, animal populations and their habitats. Our work connects animal welfare and conservation, demonstrating that healthy species, animal populations, naturally sustaining habitats and the welfare of individual animals are intertwined. In our decision-making, IFAW takes into account animal welfare (intrinsic value and quality of life), conservation principles of sustainability, sound science and ethics. With offices in 15 countries and projects in more than 40 countries, we use our hands-on projects to motivate the public to prevent cruelty to animals and to inform and influence policies that promote animal welfare and conservation. We are sensitive to the needs of communities and work for solutions that benefit the well-being of both animals and people.
Kenya Elephant Forum
The Kenya Elephant Forum (KEF) brings together elephant experts, conservationists and advocacy experts to articulate the agenda for elephant conservation.
In starting what has become known as the Kenya Elephant Forum, the goal was to bring together all those that are working on elephant issues from both a scientific and general backdrop. So many are working to conserve this very important species independently but with the threats facing elephants survival it seemed essential that we all come together and develop a strategy to ensure this becomes a reality.
The Road to Doha was clearly the first step on this journey and so we put our skills together to identify how we could provide support for the proposals brought to CITES COP 15 by the African Elephant Coaltion, a group of 23 governments who have a shared goal to ensure elephants are saved from extinction.
KEF comprises of scientists, lobbyists, tourism specialists and individuals passionate about preserving wildlife in general and the African Elephant specifically.
Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association
Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA) is a landowner-led national membership organization representing community and private conservancies in Kenya. KWCA works with conservancy landowners and regional associations to create an enabling environment for conservancies to deliver environmental and livelihood benefits.
Our mission is to be the forum where landowners have a unified voice, share experiences and actively participate in protecting and benefiting from wildlife. KWCA works towards a future where wildlife and communities benefit from a network of functional conservancies that complement state protected areas.
KWCA is setting out to change how Kenya’s wildlife and wild places are managed as well as strengthen people’s rights to manage and benefit from nature.
Kenya Wildlife Trust
The Kenya Wildlife Trust (KWT) was founded in October 2007, an initiative of the Directors of Ker & Downey Safaris Company. KWT works with some of the best safari operators in Kenya, raising funds through tourism which are then applied directly to conservation projects in the areas of the country most important for the future of wildlife-based tourism.
KWT works in three important wildlife areas in Kenya; Amboseli, Mara and Samburu and is built on three pillars: predator conservation, community projects which reinforce conservation values and wildlife education which will ensure the future conservation of Kenya’s wildlife.
Laikipia Wildlife Forum
LWF is a dynamic, membership driven organization. Members’ subscription to the Forum is a vital vehicle in the realization of the goals and aspirations of small holders, community groups, conservancies and large land owners focusing on integrated natural resources management. We serve youth groups and schools in an effort to inform future generations about the values of sustainable land use and management. Founded in 1992 over a common set of natural resource management issues, the Forum has grown to include 6000 members – many of them belonging to community natural resources management groups – Community Forest Associations, Water Resource User Associations, Wildlife Clubs and Conservancies of group ranches. Our model is effective because we believe that security of tenure and property rights, defended under the law, is a cornerstone of sustainable and wise land use. We work to bring sound technical solutions to common land use and conservation challenges, and we aim to link public and private services and funding to Laikipian needs – internally and with our neighbors.
Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust
The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust funds and operates an array of conservation, education and health programs aimed at protecting and improving wildlife, wilderness and the local community, here in East Africa. Our success comes from promoting sustainable economic benefits to the local Maasai community, thereby encouraging their active participation as stewards of our critical ecosystem here in the Chyulu Hills of Kenya. Conservation programs include wildlife research and protection, lion monitoring and tracking, predator protection through a wildly successful compensation program, land conservancies, an ecotourism partner Campi ya Kanzi, and the first REDD+ Carbon Project in the area, among several other projects and initiatives. Education initiatives include employing certified teachers and staff, providing school infrastructure and supplies, as well as a range of scholarships. Our Health program provides critical services to the community, providing the only doctor and ambulance service in the area, and four health facilities and one clinic—all solar-powered.
Maniago Safaris Ltd.
Maniago, The Travel Destination Management Company, is a well established Kenyan company owned and operated by experienced travel professionals who know and love this part of Africa.
Maniago has, for many years, planned and organised the travel arrangements – both inbound and outbound – of individual travellers and groups with a style and competence borne of many years of travel experience both on the African continent and overseas.
For all of us at Maniago, this is our home and we are fiercely proud of the natural beauty, wildlife resources and cultural diversity to be found here. From snow-capped mountains to the savannahs teeming with some of the world’s largest concentrations of wildlife, to the pristine white coral Indian Ocean beaches, East Africa is a tropical paradise never ceasing to delight and intrigue.
Mount Kenya Trust
The vision of the Trust is to protect the integrity of the Mt Kenya ecosystem for the welfare of all who depend on it. Our continued successes have been reached by driving collaborative action for the sustainable management of Mt Kenya’s biodiversity and natural resources through partnership with Government, communities and civil society.
We take a holistic approach to protecting Mount Kenya¹s resources and place the local community at the heart of all of our programmes. Our projects cover a range of themes including education and awareness, reforestation, anti-poaching, illegal activity monitoring, human – wildlife conflict mitigation and habitat connectivity. We are 100% donor funded and rely on the generosity of people and a variety of organisations to achieve our goals.
Nature Kenya—the East Africa Natural History Society (EANHS)—is Africa’s oldest environmental Society. It was established in 1909 to promote the study and conservation of nature in eastern Africa. Nature Kenya implements these aims through the mission “connecting nature and people to take action for biodiversity conservation. Nature Kenya’s work is firmly based on partnership, science and action. We use the best available science to inspire positive action for biodiversity by and for partners—Government, local communities and private sector. Nature Kenya takes practical action. We work with and for people—to improve their quality of life alongside, and as a result of, nature conservation. We collaborate with others wherever possible, at local, national, regional or global levels, linking with community groups, governments, businesses, universities, civil society groups and notably BirdLife International to increase the impacts of our efforts. As BirdLife International in Kenya, we implement the BirdLife Strategy—integral to the Nature Kenya strategy.
Pan African Wildlife Conservation Network
The Pan African Wildlife Conservation Network (PAWCN) works to bring together and give voice to Nations and NGO’s working in the conservation sector to advance the agenda of wildlife conservation through advocacy. PAWCN’s key programs include (1) Wildlife and Environmental Conservation, (2) Wildlife Safaris, and (3) Consultant in Tourism Logistics and Marketing.
Rhino Ark is a charitable trust founded in 1988 to support conservation in Kenya. We help to develop sustainable solutions to the challenges facing mountain forest ecosystems and threatened biodiversity areas. Our approach is embodied in the philosophy “HUMANS IN HARMONY WITH HABITAT AND WILDLIFE”, and propagated though effective partnerships with stakeholders. Our work is guided by independent assessment studies. These studies provide the scientific foundation for the design, mid-term review and final evaluation of our interventions. Electric Fence Projects are the cornerstones of our conservation mission. The Rhino Ark Aberdare Electric Fence is a world-renowned example of how to achieve a ‘win-win’ equilibrium that balances the needs of local communities with the goal of protecting nature.
Rural Villages Development Centre
Working in Makueni, Kitui, Machakos, Taita Taveta and Kajiado, our activities focus on Teaching locals on possible outcome of wildlife crime, poaching, importance of conservation and how livelihoods impact wildlife. We also Enlighting local communities on the significance of wildlife, ways in which human activity may impact wildlife and ways of its conservation.
Save The Elephants
Save The Elephants works to secure a future for elephants in a rapidly changing world. Leaders in elephant science, STE provides cutting-edge scientific insights into elephant behaviour, intelligence, and long-distance movement and applies them to the long-term challenges of elephant conservation. We reach out to hearts and minds through our thriving Education and Outreach programs, turning people into long term warriors for wildlife. Our human elephant conflict mitigation research has successfully reduced the number of crop-raiding incidents and provides farmers with elephant-friendly alternative sources of income. To battle the current surge in ivory poaching, our Elephant Crisis Fund is identifying and supporting the most effective global partners to stop poaching, thwart traffickers and end demand for ivory.
The Green Belt Movement
The Green Belt Movement (GBM) is an environmental organization that empowers communities, particularly women, to conserve the environment and improve livelihoods. GBM was founded by Professor Wangari Maathai in 1977 under the auspices of the National Council of Women of Kenya (NCWK) to respond to the needs of rural Kenyan women who reported that their streams were drying up, their food supply was less secure, and they had to walk further and further to get firewood for fuel and fencing. GBM encouraged the women to work together to grow seedlings and plant trees to bind the soil, store rainwater, provide food and firewood, and receive a small monetary token for their work.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy strives to build resilient human and natural communities in Kenya that are better equipped to adapt to an uncertain future that will include drought, economic shocks and political change. We help strengthen governance, diversify economies, improve natural resource management, and build peace and security. We support targeted rangeland monitoring, species recovery efforts (Hirola, rhino and elephants) and green development science. We facilitate the implementation of integrated community-led conservation and livelihood activities in Northern Kenya, North Coast and the Mara.
The Tsavo Trust is a field based, Kenyan not-for-profit conservation organisation working towards protecting wildlife and its habitat while promoting community engagement in conservation challenges in southern Kenya through: -Wildlife Conservation Program: Continue as a meaningful conservation partner to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) through the provision of direct and indirect support (aerial and ground), to complement KWS’s operations inside the Tsavo National Parks via the Big Tusker Project; -Community Conservancy Program: Development and stewardship of self-governing, community-led wildlife conservancies to improve the safety and wellbeing of marginalised communities living in and surrounding the Tsavo Conservation Area (TCA) through diversifying livelihoods, initiating conservation-based enterprises and improving healthcare and education starting with; Kamungi Conservancy; -Animal Welfare Program: Development of a professional field based facility for the care, rehabilitation and release of orphaned, injured and sick small mammals indigenous to the TCA through the Tsavo Sanctuary; -Field Project Implementation: Partner with like-minded conservation organisations whereby Tsavo Trust can provide field based expertise to implement projects alongside KWS.
WildlifeDirect was founded in 2005 by Dr Richard Leakey to support African efforts to protect wildlife heritage as an important global heritage.
WildlifeDirect holds a unique and special role in Kenya’s wildlife conservation efforts. Over the past few years it has been widely recognized for its singular successes in advocacy and the engagement of the people of Kenya to support the protection of elephants. At a popular level this never has been experienced before in Kenya or any other elephant range state.
WildlifeDirect creates partnerships with government, NGO’s, international agencies and conservation partners to produce factual information about what is working and what is failing to develop public awareness and concern for the efficacy of the legal protection already in statute.
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Kenya
WWF works in 100 countries globally and has been operating in Kenya since 1962 with the initial focus having been on wildlife conservation. Working with other partners ranging from government, private sector, CSOs and communities, our scope of work has grown to include Integrated Water Resource Management, forestry, coastal and marine resources, and governance. Recently, we have established a hub for sustainable investments to wok closely with government, CSOs and private sector to reduce the footprint of large-scale developments on our critical natural assets. We aspire to have a healthy natural environment supporting people and growth in Kenya. Together we can make it happen.
Amara is a USA 501(c) 3 and UK registered charity that has been working in Kenya since 2001. It works to conserve wildlife and critical habitats and promote sustainable livelihoods through providing environmental education and capacity building in rural communities, primarily in the Tsavo Conservation Area. One of our guiding values is the awareness that each community is unique and must find its own solutions to the problem of sustainability and environmental protection. Amara’s role is to provide information, opportunities and alternatives in an atmosphere of openness, honesty and cooperation among stakeholders based on trust and creativity. We work closely with KWS and other partners in the area providing education to help people make personal decisions to work for positive change. Amara is known for our Mobile Film Unit, we worked to establish the Mbulia Conservancy, and have presence in all the areas bordering the Tsavos.