African Conservation Centre has strong affiliate institutions with which it implements its key conservation strategies. The affiliates are based in ACC’s landscapes and are grass root institutions that are in a position to provide linkages for innovation in conservation approaches and also to scale up the initiatives pioneered by ACC.

Amboseli Conservation Program


The Amboseli Conservation Programme (ACP) conducts long term ecological monitoring and sound science for the conservation of the Greater Amboseli Ecosystem. Established in 1967 by Dr. David Western, ACP continues to work with local communities and research and conservation partners to enhance our understanding of the interactions between pastoralism and wildlife to sustain the integrity of the Amboseli ecosystem. The ACP team has an active research programme including long term habitat monitoring, wildlife counts, assessment of land-use and settlement patterns, and climate change. ACP is dedicated to applying the results of this work to the betterment of conservation nationally and internationally.


Amboseli Ecosystem Trust


Amboseli Ecosystem Trust is a registered charitable Trust incorporated under the provisions of the Trustees. After the development of the general management plan for the Amboseli Ecosystem, stakeholders created a Trust would oversee its implementation. The Trust is mandated to mobilize resources for the implementation of the 10 years management plan. ACC supports the Amboseli Ecosystem Trust to brings together other supporters and partners to develop land use practices that improve the livelihoods and wellbeing through the coexistence of people and wildlife. The vision is to keep the Amboseli Ecosystem rangelands open, diverse and healthy for the benefit of people and wildlife.




ATGRCA is an association of land owners in the Amboseli Ecosystem, an area of approximately 5,700 Km² stretching between Mt. Kilimanjaro, Chyulu Hills, Tsavo West National Park and the Kenya/Tanzania border. The primary goal of the association is to promote conservation of wildlife and its habitats through securing sustainable livelihoods for its members. Another key function of the association is to mobilize resources to support implementation of the 10-year general management plan (2008-2018) for the ecosystem. The objectives of the association includes: Furthering and promoting the conservation of the Amboseli Ecosystem to secure its ecological integrity; Promoting and furthering the benefits of community conservation initiatives; Sustainable conservation and livelihoods; Mitigation of human-wildlife conflicts; Partnerships with Group Ranches to establish sanctuaries and conservancies; and Promoting best land use practices for the Ecosystem.

Land & Life Foundation, Kenya


Land & Life Foundation envisions a sustainable future where communities and wildlife thrive together across conservation areas, safeguarding nature for the next generation. It strongly believes that the sustainability of East Africa’s wildlife and habitats depends on four key actions:

— Securing land for conservation
— Protecting species and their environment
— Providing tangible benefits to the people who live alongside wildlife
— Educating the next generation of conservationists.

Land & Life Foundation focuses on four types of programs for communities living alongside wildlife across Kenya and Tanzania: Wildlife Warrior Program, Nature Conservation, Medical Support and School Support.


Landscape & Conservation Mentors Association


LCMO is a grassroots environmental nonprofit organization operating in remote landscapes adjacent to protected areas in Western Tanzania. They focus on promoting, supporting, and improving community livelihoods, sustainable environmental practices, wildlife conservation, and development in rural areas surrounding these protected areas.

LCMO uses multiple approaches to garner the participation of local community members and strengthen their commitment to address conservation issues in the region. These issues include human wildlife conflicts, poaching, habitat degradation, and impacts from climate change. All of which contribute to biodiversity loss in a landscape that is currently underserved by conservation NGOs, but faces an uncontrolled influx of agro-pastoral Sukumas and livestock settling around remote areas adjacent to the reserves. These reserves are of national and international importance for their biodiversity.

LCMO’s work is based in the Mpimbwe district, adjacent to Katavi National Park, and they have recently expanded their reach to include the Rukwa-Katavi-Mahale-Ugalla ecosystems in Western Tanzania.


Local Ocean Trust, Kenya


Local Ocean Trust is a private, not for profit organisation committed to the protection of Kenya’s marine environment. They use practical conservation, community involvement and development, education, research and campaigning to promote the sustainable use of Kenya’s marine resources.

Watamu Turtle Watch is Local Ocean Trust’s flagship programme. It was started by local residents in 1997 to protect nesting sea turtles. Now it consists of the Nest Monitoring and Protection programme, ByCatch Release Programme, and specialist Rehabilitation Centre for sick and injured sea turtles. The combination of these programmes enables Local Ocean Trust to make a real difference in ensuring the future of endangered sea turtles.


South Rift Association of Land Owners


SORALO is a trust that brings together land owners from various group ranches in an area spanning 847,924 hectares lying between Amboseli National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve (administratively, SORALO covers 15 group ranches in the larger Kajiado and Narok districts). The goal of SORALO is to spearhead the opening up of Southern Tourism Circuit and also to promote the creation of conservation areas in the region, achieved through diversifying livelihoods. To achieve this, SORALO seeks to provide a platform from which to advocate for sustainable utilization of land use by connecting land owners to land opportunities.



Uaso Ngiro Baboon Project, (formerly the Gilgil Baboon Project) is located on the Eastern Laikipia Plateau between the Mukogodo Forest and Mt. Kenya. The research focuses on the socio-ecology and cognition of wild baboons as they make the transition to the modern context of human dominated ecosystems. Dr. Shirley C. Strum (Professor of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego), the Director, began her baboon research in 1972. During the past 38 years, the baboons faced sudden and radical changes because of human population increase, change in human land use, and the loss of biodiversity. Baboons are among the most versatile of primate, second only to humans in their ability to adapt to rapidly changing conditions. Baboons are ecological detectives helping to predict the possible futures of other large African mammals.


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