Where We Work:


The Mara-Serengeti landscape, a transboundary ecosystem connecting Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park with Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, is famous for its great wildebeest migration. But habitat fragmentation and human-wildlife conflict threaten a critical big cat population and other wildlife.

We invested here as early as 1967, when the African Wildlife Leadership Foundation (a name later shortened to “African Wildlife Foundation”) financed the Serengeti Wildlife Research Institute to support studies of the ecosystem. In the decades since, we:

  • Funded the monitoring and protection of lions and cheetahs
  • Supported the development of land-use plans to secure a key wildlife corridor
  • Supported rangers with anti-poaching and anti-trafficking training and gear

Today, AWF-trained tracker dog units investigate wildlife crime and help deter poachers in Serengeti National Park, and we continue to monitor lions in the Maasai Mara.


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

Cottar's Wildlife Conservation Trust

County Government of Narok

Kenya Wildlife Trust

Communities in the Mara-Serengeti landscape

Tanzania National Parks

Wildlife We Are Protecting