We identify the most bio-rich areas and integrate science with indigenous knowledge to determine the best ways to protect these areas for everyone.


I-CAN Institutional Canopy of Conservation

The I-CAN program is a 7-year research, $2.5M (CAD) initiative led by ACC and McGill University. It addresses the challenge of combining protection of biodiversity with strengthened livelihoods. The major goal of the project is to identify the most effective designs for future community-based conservation programs by examining the impacts of ongoing conservancy experiments on community livelihoods and members’ attitudes and practices towards natural resources.

Kenya-Tanzania Borderland Conservation

The Kenya-Tanzania Borderland Conservation Initiative aims to conserve large, free-ranging elephant and lion populations along the Kenya-Tanzania borderland through coordination of conservation efforts and cooperation between key interest groups.



In Kenya, 70% of our wildlife occurs outside national parks and thus community lands hold the future of Kenya’s treasured species such as elephant, lion, rhino and migratory herd mammals combined with iconic landscapes, water bodies and cultures. Kenya’s future…


Rebuilding the Pride

Rebuilding the Pride, run by the South Rift Association of Landowners (SORALO), a Maasai landowner group, aims to increase lion and other carnivore numbers across the South Rift area of Kenya. The program focuses on reducing human-wildlife conflict…


Rangeland Rehabilitation

The rangelands cover three quarters of Kenya and underpin our livestock and wildlife industries. However, rangeland communities are the poorest and least politically represented in Kenya, yet they face several growing threats. Severe droughts, wildlife poaching…


Ecosystem Monitoring

Ecosystem monitoring is an essential tool used to gauge the ecological integrity of a landscape. The process involves determining conditions and/or activities that adversely affect the landscape and identifying possible management actions to mitigate them…


Gnu Landscapes

ACC has partnered with Colorado State University to explore “Gnu Landscapes,” a name that hints at investigating changes in the landscapes in which wildebeest, or gnu inhabit. This NSF-supported project aims to understand forage availability in fragmented…


ACC Amboseli Conservation Programme

Amboseli Conservation Programme

Dr. Western’s research and conservation work in the Amboseli region began in 1967 and led to the establishment of the Amboseli National Park in 1974. The novel approach of including the Maasai neighbors in the benefits of the park as a way of keeping wildlife…


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