Investing in What Works: Community-Based Conservation
Conservation by, with and for communities is what community-based conservation is all about. We support the development of new approaches and institutions that achieve community-based management, strengthen capacity, and coordinate conservation activities among players.
Conserving Elephants, Lions & Ecosystems in East Africa
In addition to being magnificent animals that are in serious decline, elephants and lions play crucial roles in the way that their ecosystem functions. By focusing conservation efforts on these two keystone species, we have an opportunity to support the ecological and genetic viability of all other species in the ecosystem as well. ACC programs use science and indigenous knowledge to understand how these complex ecosystems function. Through their bioinformatics programs, they provide the information and mechanisms to help stakeholders make informed conservation decisions.
Developing Livelihoods, Educational Programs & Cultural Exchanges
We invest in communities living with wildlife to ensure they have the information and tools to continue to coexist with wildlife in a changing world. By supporting communities as they develop ecotourism businesses, nature-based products, crafts, rangeland and wildlife management methods, and cultural heritage & environmental education programs, we can improve livelihoods and save wildlife.
Where We Invest
The mission of African Conservation Center US is to support the African Conservation Centre (ACC) of Kenya and community-based initiatives to conserve wildlife in Africa. ACC’s work is focused primarily in four areas: the landscapes of Amboseli, Maasai Mara, Mukogodo and South Rift. These areas span the richest region of vertebrate diversity in Africa and include over a third of all Kenya’s wildlife.
Amboseli Conservation Program’s five decades of continuous monitoring the Amboseli region shows an astonishing [...]