Amboseli Ecosystem Trust

Association Summary

The Amboseli Ecosystem Trust brings together the communities and organizations of Amboseli to develop land use practices that improve the livelihoods and wellbeing through the coexistence of people and wildlife. This is in an effort to keep the Amboseli Ecosystem rangelands open, diverse and healthy for the benefit of people and wildlife.

Association Details

Name: Amboseli Ecosystem Trust

Size: 190,607 Ha

No. of Households: 86, 811 

No. Of Conservancies: 19

No. of Scouts: 243

No. Of Staff: 131

  • Chyulu West
  • EselenkeiImbirikani Conservation Area
  • Kanzi(Maasai Wilderness Trust)
  • Kilitome (Tawi)
  • Kitenden Land Owners
  • llengarunyani
  • Losikuto
  • Motikanju
  • Nailepu
  • Nalarami
  • Olenarika
  • Olepolos
  • Oltiyani
  • Osupuko
  • Rombo Emampuli
  • Satao Elerai
  • Sidai Oleng Wildlife Sanctuary (Kimana)
  • Kitirua

It does this through development of the Amboseli Ecosystem Management plan that entails a landscape approach to directing:

  1. Ecological Management: Zonation of the landscape into different land-uses determined to conserve areas of exceptional resource values. This allows for the development of activities (tourism and wildlife, agriculture and livestock) most suitable for the type of vegetation, microclimate and water resources available in the area.
  2. Tourism Development and Management: Sustains Amboseli as a leading tourist destination in the country by creating programs that have minimum adverse impacts, ensuring equitable benefit sharing for the community, enhancing tourism experiences and diversifying tourism product.
  3.  Community Partnerships and Education: the maintenance of community conservation areas through contiguous landscapes remains critical for conservation. Creating awareness on human-wildlife conflicts, environmental education and improving livestock conditions aim to safeguard and rehabilitate rangelands.
  4. Security: In partnership with the BigLife Foundation, AET is pioneering the use of a smart phone based application, WILD, connected to a Cybertracker interface, to collect, track and map wildlife sightings within community conservancies in real-time. This sophisticated system streamlines both security and wildlife monitoring operations in conservancies.
  5. Ecosystem Operations: The Amboseli Ecosystem, through its partnership with the Amboseli Conservation Program, hosts the longest running biodiversity-monitoring program in Kenya. Monitoring transect lines on vegetation data enhances understanding of climatic, animal and human impacts on conservation and provides sound scientific basis for management.This action plan creates a centralized avenue of creating systemic impact across the ecosystem, and allows for effective collaboration and communication.

Amboseli Conservation Program conserves Amboseli’s wildlife and its ecosystem to the benefit of its people through ecosystem research, tool and capacity development and influencing conservation policies and practices.

African Conservation Centre is dedicated to the development of African Conservation excellence. ACC places emphasis on a three-tier approach of integrating Knowledge, Environment and Livelihoods in resolving principal problems facing Biodiversity Conservation in East Africa.

Africa Wildlife Foundation works to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever by working with local communities.

Big Life Foundation seeks to conserve and sustain the wildlife and the wild lands of the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem of East Africa through innovative conservation strategies that address the greatest threats while – at the same time – satisfying the economic interests of the resident Maasai people in ways that improve the quality of life for the entire community.

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) saves individual animals, animal populations and habitats all over the world by providing hands-on assistance to animals in need.