World Land Trust's Keepers of the Wild are rangers working on the front line of conservation. They safeguard some of the world's most threatened species and the...
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 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.
The benefits of working together were obvious and WLT has since helped create the Leleshwa Reserve, protecting threatened tussock grassland in the Kinangop Plateau.
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