NGO founded: 1909
Partnership with WLT formed: 2009
Organisation’s aim: Connecting nature and people, to promote the study of conservation in the east of Africa.
Nature Kenya is the Kenyan branch of the East Africa Natural History Society, the oldest conservation organisation in Africa. Initially the organisation was formed by a few individuals to study the plants and wildlife of Kenya.
Partnership with WLT
WLT was introduced to Nature Kenya in 2006 at the partners’ symposium in the Netherlands, run by WLT and IUCN-NL. After discussing the possibility of helping with land purchase, WLT went on a site visit to Kenya to assess the feasibility of a partnership and a proposal was later submitted for a land purchase in the Kinangop Plateau.
Projects with WLT
WLT has helped create the Leleshwa Reserve, protecting threatened tussock grassland in the Kinangop Plateau. WLT is raising funds to protect the Kenyan grasslands while there is still time.
Other projects and activities
- Habitat and biodiversity monitoring, particularly in Important Bird Areas (IBAs) to identify areas in need of protection;
- Community volunteer group works with Nature Kenya to help monitor the Kinangop Grasslands and raise awareness of environmental issues;
- Running eco-resource centres as a base to train local volunteers and guides, as well as host school groups to teach about conservation issues;
- Publishing research in scientific journals.
Awards and achievements
2012: In July Nature Kenya received a Total Eco Challenge Gold Award for inpsiring projects that planted one million trees. Total's Eco Challenge recognises tree planting efforts across Kenya.
Executive Director: Paul Matiku