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Organisation’s aim: Connecting nature and people, to promote the study of conservation in the east of Africa.
Founded in 1909, Nature Kenya is the Kenyan branch of the East Africa Natural History Society, which is 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
World Land Trust (WLT) was introduced to Nature Kenya (NK) in 2006 a symposium held for WLT Partners in the Netherlands, run by WLT and IUCN National Committee of The Netherlands (IUCN NL). After discussing the urgent need for land protection, WLT undertook a site visit to Kenya to meet with key representatives of NK and a partnership was subsequently agreed. In April 2011, as a result of a successful appeal, the Leleshwa Reserve, protecting threatened tussock grassland in the Kinangop Plateau was announced.
WLT’s latest project with NK focusses on Dakatcha Woodland. Raising funds to purchase 810 acres of this threatened coastal forest through Buy an Acre offers a lifeline to a host of endangered species which include Clarke’s Weaver, Sokoke Scops Owl, Sokoke Pipit and Golden-rumped Elephant-shrew.
WLT also supports rangers working to protect Nature Kenya’s reserves, through our Keepers of the Wild programme.
Other projects and activities
- Habitat and biodiversity monitoring, particularly in Important Bird Areas (IBAs) to identify areas in need of protection;
- A community volunteer group works with Nature Kenya to help monitor the Kinangop Grasslands and raise awareness of environmental issues;
- Nature Kenya runs eco-resource centres as a base to train local volunteers and guides, as well as hosting 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 inspiring projects that planted one million trees. Total’s Eco Challenge recognises tree planting efforts across Kenya.
Executive Director: Paul Matiku