The historic wildlife dispersal area and corridor that extends from Amboseli National Park to Chyulu Hills and Tsavo West National Park represents a critical asset to the survival of wildlife in these protected areas. The corridor allows for the free movement, and is one of the last natural strongholds, of lion, zebra, elephant, giraffe, and other species.
But, this corridor is under threat. Population growth, agricultural expansion, and a tourism boom has led to land being divided as developers encroach upon the ecosystems critical to wildlife.
Through an innovative land-lease program, African Wildlife Foundation has partnered with local landowners in the Amboseli region to reduce human-wildlife conflict while expanding the land conserved for wildlife. This program uses direct payments to landowners for every acre set aside for conservation and safeguarded against poaching, subdivision, and other activities that could degrade habitat. AWF also works with communities to employ and train scouts to patrol the land and uphold land-use restrictions.
Longer-term, AWF aims to work with multiple communities to set up larger conservancies and build conservation enterprises that will be economically enriching and self-sustaining.
In 2011, AWF partnered with Disneynature to conserve the Amboseli-Chyulu corridor. The Disneynature feature film, “African Cats,” was selected for a special “See ‘African Cats,’ Save the Savanna” initiative, through which Disneynature donated a portion of opening-week ticket sales. The initiative ultimately helped set aside 50,000 acres of the corridor, helping to ensure the future of lions and cheetahs as well as the many other charismatic species living in the African savanna.
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