projects - kenya
The South Rift Valley of Kenya, stretching from the Maasai Mara National Reserve through Amboseli National Park, is one of the most spectacular wildlife areas on the planet. Miami University and Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Angel Fund has partnered with the African Conservation Centre to advance community-based conservation in this dynamic landscape.
This effort builds on the decades-long research of Dr. David Western, former head of the Kenya Wildlife Service, and the centuries-long research of the Maasai pastoralists, who have long co-existed with wildlife in an open grassland ecosystem populated by elephants, lions, giraffes, zebra, wildebeests, and a remarkable diversity of other species. With the rise of non-traditional lifestyles, private ranches, and fenced lands that prevent needed wildlife migrations, communities of the South Rift have recognized the need to understand the impact of these changes and to work together for a better future.
This partnership is supported by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Saving Species Campaign.