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Kenya Wildlife Trust was established in 2007 by leaders in the Kenyan safari industry led by guides from the Original Ker & Downey Safaris, with the principal aim of strengthening the connection between conservation and tourism.
Our activities have mostly focused on providing funding to a variety of conservation and community development projects in key wildlife areas.
In 2013, we moved into project implementation with the establishment of our own flagship lion and cheetah monitoring projects in the Maasai Mara, now consolidated as our Mara Predator Conservation Programme.
As Kenya’s principal predator conservation trust, we understand critical conservation needs across the country and can create tangible, strategic links between wildlife research, monitoring and conservation efforts. Through our grant-making portfolio, we are committed to funding projects across three of Kenya’s most important ecosystems – the Greater Mara, Laikipia/Samburu and Amboseli/Tsavo.
Predators are facing more threats than ever before. Habitat loss, human-widlife conflict and ecosystems under huge pressure are just some of the main threats.
Over the past 20 years, the numbers of lions, cheetahs and wild dogs have declined by over 50%. Current trends suggest that the decline would put the predators under the threat of extinction.
The country’s economy relies heavily on healthy ecosystems, robust wildlife populations, and the presence of these large carnivores.
We believe that people living alongside predators bear the greatest responsibility when it comes to their conservation. Our predator conservation work is strongly anchored in involving the local people. By supporting community centered projects, we are contributing to the wider efforts needed to ensure healthy ecosystems where predators not only survive, but thrive.
KWT believes in having a target driven and collective approach which will lead to more effective work in Kenya’s core ecosystems that is better coordinated, and which serves the values and economic interests of a wide array of stakeholders, as well as the nation itself.
In order to achieve this, we strive to develop and strengthen partnerships with grass root organisations who develop and implement conservation initiatives, government agencies who develop policies and other conservation authorities who offer varied support.