Kenya Wildlife Trust (KWT) is Kenya’s principal predator conservation trust and is dedicated to three of Kenya’s most important ecosystems: Greater Mara, Samburu-Laikipia and Amboseli-Tsavo. The organization protects vulnerable predator populations, empowers and educates local communities and stakeholders about conservation and environmental stewardship. KWT’s focus on Kenya offers the organization a profile with national policy decision-makers, unique knowledge of the country’s wildlife areas and local communities and a clear understanding of the actors in the local and wider economy that have a stake in healthy ecosystems.
KWT’s Vision: A Kenya where predator populations are a cornerstone of thriving ecosystems.
KWT’s Mission: To implement programs and provide funds to data-driven and community supported conservation efforts that enable the long-term viability of predator populations in Kenya.
Find out more at kenyawildlifetrust.org
Empowers Africa has partnered with Kenya Wildlife Trust in order to provide a cost-effective solution to fundraising in the United States by acting as their fiscal sponsor. Any donations made here will be granted to Kenya Wildlife Trust.
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Kenya Wildlife Trust Campaigns
Help Nature’s Essential Workers - KWT & Harmony Conservation
Covid19 is causing a collapse in Kenyan conservation programs due to the lack of funding from tourism. Consequently, conservation needs your help to protect nature’s essential workers; wildlife rangers, researchers and conservationists. Harmony Conservation is partnering with KWT and KWCA to deploy funds for conservation initiatives that are in dire need of financial support due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Greater Mara, Samburu and Amboseli Ecosystems, where people and wildlife co-exist in protected and unprotected lands.
Your donation benefits community livelihoods and wildlife living on protected and unprotected lands impacted by the Covid-19 crisis.
Mara Predator Conservation Programme
The Mara Predator Conservation Programme (MPCP) is KWT’s flagship initiative with a vision is to provide impactful evidence-based, conservation management recommendations and solutions developed through robust research and monitoring practices. MPCP utilizes innovative data collection models to project lion and cheetah densities and GPS collars to continuously monitor and inform on the behaviours of and threats to the Mara’s predators. The programme also works closely with communities and other key stakeholders around the Mara to mitigate conflict and promote coexistence with wildlife.
One Mara Research Hub
The One Mara Research Hub is a new initiative by KWT that seeks to drive enhanced coordination and cooperation among the key network of stakeholders in the Greater Mara ecosystem. The central objective is to establish a framework for knowledge exchange and data-sharing among researchers and decision-makers in the Greater Mara to secure the long-term conservation and preservation of the Greater Mara Ecosystem. The Hub will encourage the uptake of evidence-based research in policy and project development, contributing to the community’s economic, environmental and social well-being and in turn, increasing the impact of local research in the Mara.
Conservation Leadership Programme
KWT’s Conservation Leaders’ Programme hopes to ensure that the unique knowledge of young people in Greater Mara, Samburu and Amboseli can be enhanced by a quality Higher Education degree. The program offers full funding to study wildlife conservation at undergraduate level, at a group of hand-picked universities in Kenya. The programme works with local schools and NGOs to select gifted students, with leadership potential, who would otherwise not have the chance to pursue a quality education. KWT runs regular workshops for scholars, working with strategic partners in areas like university orientation, study skills and workplace preparation, to help ensure scholars complete their degrees and are well prepared to pursue livelihood opportunities after graduation. Every graduate will join the KWT Leaders network, a dynamic group of local conservation leaders with a lifetime network.
General Programmes (Grassroots Grant Making)
We place faith in the capacity of trusted local organizations to drive change. Our grant making portfolio includes grassroots organisations in Samburu and Amboseli, focusing on protection of Big Cats and projects that focus on improving community livelihoods, health and education.
If you do not have any specific project in mind and wish the organization to use their own discretion, please click here.
Donations can also be made by check or wire transfer:
Checks should be made out to “Empowers Africa” and should be mailed to:
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