Where We Work:

Maasai Steppe

The Maasai Steppe is an important landscape in northeastern Tanzania, covering approximately 40,000 square kilometers. It includes two national parks—Tarangire and Lake Manyara. The greatest threat in the landscape is habitat fragmentation caused by infrastructure and farming. 

Since 2014, we’ve supported local communities and the Tanzanian government in securing the 44,930-acre Manyara Ranch Conservancy, part of a critical wildlife corridor connecting Tarangire National Park to key water sources—Lake Manyara to the west and Lake Natron to the north. Until recently, the Ranch was ravaged by overgrazing and poaching. Since AWF’s intervention, it has become a habitat for elephants, leopards, aardvarks, and elands and a significant corridor for wildebeest migration. And it continues to be a critical breeding ground for giraffes.

Threats remain, however, including agricultural expansion, infrastructure development, and climate change impacts.

Working with local and government partners, we have been able to:

  • Reduce human-wildlife conflict through the development of business enterprises that diversify local incomes and through mitigation strategies such as predator-proof bomas
  • Improve habitat integrity through effective land-use planning
  • Enhance community well-being through strengthened natural-resource management
  • Provide conservation education to local school children
Maasai Steppe Burunge Lake Manyara National Park Lolkisale Makame Mto wa Mbu
National Park
Other State Protected Area
Community Conservation Area

We work with the people of Tanzania for wildlife. Our strategic, implementing and funding partners include:

Communities in the Maasai Steppe landscape

Wildlife We Are Protecting

Pastor Magingi


Pastor Magingi

Tanzania Country Coordinator/ Senior Manager Strategy Development