Conservancy Guardians

Conservancy Guardians - Strengthening the foundations of conservation in East Africa.

East Africa's remarkable Wildlife Conservancies are one of the last decades real success stories in community led habitat preservation. Through visionary partnerships formed between the Maasai Landowners and some of the continent's most innovative eco-tourism businesses, the habitat surrounding the Maasai Mara has been rescued from the brink of devastation. Together they have created and protected a growing cultural landscape in which key populations of Africa's most iconic and endangered species can expand and thrive.

Simply put, the conservancies are the good news we have all been missing. The recent months though, have proven that tourism is unable to shoulder the burden of protection alone and as we step forward into uncertain times we have created “Conservancy Guardians” to help watch over these marvellous plains where wild lions roam free.


Join us by donating to support our cross border efforts in protecting Africas most famous ecosystem, The Greater Serengeti-Mara in Kenya and Tanzania:

1. Bolstering the foundations of Mara North Conservancy, Kenya. Through our protect an acre appeal we are safeguarding the growing wildlife populations that have expanded into this newly protected area and supporting the Maasai families that live around and within this ecosystem.  

2. The Serengeti De-Snaring Programme in partnership with Frankfurt Zoological Society. We are deploying boots and eyes to the ground, where there would normally be multiple game viewing vehicles going about their business within the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

Protect an Acre

In donating you protect an acre, you support the funding of land leases held with the Maasai families, our local stakeholders in the conservancy. You are ensuring the resilience of the community, conservation and tourism bond at those moments when the planet needs us to stop what we are doing and weather the storms. I think we are all of us more aware today that the planet’s most significant challenges will need to be faced and overcome by a global community. To protect an acre is to offer fortitude and maintain hope, through the times of uncertainty while the planet's crucial decisions are being made far away from where the lions roam wild.


• 1 Acre        - US$10

• 5 Acres      - US$50

• 10 Acres.   - US$100

• 30 Acres.   - US$300

• 50 Acres.   - US$500


Your donation will be channeled directly into the conservancy by supporting the lease agreement with the Alex Walker Serian camps, at a time when Kenya's tourism is in the throws of complete collapse. The Serian team are founding members of the Mara North Conservancy and a vital partner in shouldering the burdens of community conservation at this time.

Mara North Conservancy - Something Truly Extraordinary

•  25,000 hectares of pristine wilderness, home to one of Mama Africas most iconic peoples, the Maasai, and some of her most celebrated wildlife.

•  A lion stronghold that we have expanded to allow the birth of new prides in habitats now safe for their presence. The lions of the greater Serengeti - Mara ecosystem is one of only six populations numbering above 1000 individuals and, due to the conservancies, it is the only one which has an expanding space in which it can flourish.

•  A protective buffer-zone on the Northern Edge of the wold famous Mara National Reserve and greater Serengeti Ecosystem. Though the National Reserve ends at the boundary, the preservation continues and the wildlife thrives for kilometres to come. 

•  Home to the great migration, these are the northern grazing plains for vast herds of what is rightly considered top of the list, among the most outstanding wildlife spectacles found on earth. 

•  A vital breeding ground for large predators. Lion, Spotted Hyaena, Cheetah and Leopard are found here in astonishing densities. 

•  Where giants can lumber un molested. Breeding herds of African elephants shift through the area on their migratory routes while some of the ecosystems most important breeding bulls make Mara North their home for much the year. 

•  The core ethic of inclusion of the Maasai families, our land owners, in the leadership, decision making and subsequent activities in tourism and conservation. 

•  Developing this community, through education and opportunity, while honouring and protecting their traditional pastoralist culture.


Mission Possible Serengeti - #SerengetiShallNotDie

Across much of Tanzania, a considerable portion of camp staff that are employed are locally sourced from the rural communities in the areas where we operate, primarily for their intimate bush skills, their tremendous hard work and their ease at living in these remote environments. In discussions with Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) and the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS)- a major partner of TANAPA’s working in Tanzania, we have agreed to build on a pilot and highly successful Serengeti National Park de-snaring programme by deploying these wonderful folk, under TANAPA management, to further supplement the de-snaring teams already in place and thereby provide a critical presence while undertaking anti-poaching and de-snaring work. 

More than anything it is about deploying boots and eyes to the ground, where there would normally be multiple game viewing vehicles going about their business within a park. A car or two on the ground, or a foot patrol of eight is a massive deterrent, a presence is often enough sometimes to put off even the most ardent poacher. Our guides and spotters, our chefs and waiters know the areas intimately, their knowledge can help identify high risk areas for the rangers and anti-poaching teams to patrol. 

Serengeti Mission Possible is a time limited funding campaign launched during Easter 2020 to use some of this manpower created to mobilise extra de-snaring teams and to keep a law enforcement presence in areas in the Serengeti National Park that will be otherwise empty as budget shortages hit.

Currently, each team costs on average 2400 USD per month to keep in the field.

• Monthly salaries for one 8-man team = 1350 USD
• Monthly rations & allowances = 430 USD
• Monthly vehicle costs (fuel, repairs & maintenance) = 620 USD

Donations

  • Katherine Knudsen 
    • £120 
    • 29 d
  • Irina Lovkova 
    • £200 
    • 2 mos
  • Pamela Stone 
    • £225 
    • 2 mos
  • Tracey Gluck 
    • £100 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • £500 
    • 2 mos
See all

Fundraising team: Conservancy Guardians (5)

Nic Kershaw 
Organizer
Sandhurst, South East England, United Kingdom
Serian Ltd 
Beneficiary
Alex Walker 
Team member
Billy Jones 
Team member
Jana Arnhold 
Team member
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