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In Kenya, conservation is a cornerstone of the economy.

Kenya is a country of diverse, rich habitat. A fifth of our priority landscapes are found within its borders, in fact. The humid broadleaf forests along the coast of the Indian Ocean give way to lush grasslands and savannas. The Kenya Lake System of the geologically dramatic Great Rift Valley is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site. And, Mt. Kenya—the nation’s namesake—is the second-tallest elevation on the continent.

A burgeoning service industry continues to grow in Kenya, and ecotourism plays a big part in East Africa’s strongest economy. Visitors flock to the country to see Africa’s “Big Five.” But, lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and buffalo are just a handful of the treasured species in this nation. Baboons, zebras, giraffes, flamingoes, and more are enjoyed by tourists, thanks to a strong national park system and a network of wildlife reserves.

Beyond the service sector, agriculture accounts for almost a quarter of Kenya’s gross domestic product (GDP). Raising livestock is popular in the savannas, and the country’s primary crop exports are produce, coffee, and tea. But, even with such fertile lands, overpopulation and a lack of infrastructure contribute to frequent food insecurity in Kenya. 


A booming population and wildlife compete for resources to survive.

Kenya’s population has grown exponentially over the last century, and efforts to slow its rate are only just beginning to get a toehold. Since 1928, a citizenry of 2.9 million has ballooned to more than 42 million today, with the population projected to hit 77 million by 2030.

Poverty is widespread with many relying on subsistence agriculture to survive. Farming often pushes into critical habitat, harming the land and putting humans and wildlife at odds. In remote regions, oversight of pristine natural resources can be lax. The lucrative ivory trade encourages poachers to go to extraordinary measures to avoid detection in their slaughter of rhinos and elephants. Habitat fragmentation continues to be a threat to many species in Kenya, including the endangered Grevy’s zebra, whose numbers are only a twelfth of what they were a few short decades ago. And, as the country tries to build an infrastructure to support its population, it often comes at the expense of areas rich in biodiversity.


Will you show Kenya your support?

From “conservation” coffee growers on Mt. Kenya to the Satao Elerai Lodge in the Kilimanjaro Heartland, your help will allow us to continue critical projects in Kenya that are designed to protect wildlife, preserve habitat, and improve livelihoods. Donate for a cause that will help the people of Kenya, their land, and wildlife conservation. 

  • Grev's Zebra Protection Paul Muoria
    Grevy's Zebra Protection
    Monitoring Grevy’s zebra populations in the Samburu Landscape

    Grevy’s zebras are in grave danger.

    A mere few decades ago, in the 1970s, more than 15,000 Grevy’s zebras inhabited Africa. Today, fewer than 2,500 remain. The...

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  • African Wildlife Foundation Chyulu Hills REDD+ Project
    Chyulu Hills REDD+
    Protecting forests, water and more in southern Kenya

    In Africa, deforestation and climate change give real cause for concern.

    The African continent is anticipated to experience more than its fair share of climate change’s negative...

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  • Kitengela Mayu Mishina
    Kitengela Land Conservation
    Protecting habitat and communities near Kenya’s capital

    Human expansion is threatening wildlife outside of Nairobi, Kenya.

    For many years, local Maasai communities, their livestock, and wildlife comfortably shared the open...

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  • Kuku Project Paul Thomson
    The Kuku Project
    Selling eggs in the Samburu Heartland

    Economic conditions often affect women more harshly. 

    Despite its rapid economic development, many of the communities in Kenya face the same financial and empowerment...

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  • Mau Forest Peter Chira
    Mau Reforestation
    Planting trees in a critical forested ecosystem

    Kenya’s ecological health is in danger.

    The ecological health of the Mau Forest Complex in Kenya’s Rift Valley region is in imminent danger. Deforestation and...

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