Planned Sites in Kenya
Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is headquarters for the African Conservation Centre (ACC), an African organization dedicated to saving wildlife through local initiatives, good governance, and sound science.
Amboseli National Park
Beneath the snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro towering to the south, Amboseli National Park covers 392 square kilometers. The park’s wetlands, plains, woodlands and bush country support a diversity of wildlife unrivalled in East Africa for a park of its size. Over 80 different mammals and 400 bird species reside in the park. Elephants play a key role in the changing ecosystem and their populations have been the subject of long-term research projects on the secrets of elephant family life, communication, and migration patterns. Long before the park boundaries were set, the local Maasai were custodians of Amboseli’s wildlife; Maasai do not ordinarily kill wild animals for food as their domestic cattle and goats meet nearly all their requirements.
Olkiramatian Research Center
The communally-owned land between the boundaries of Ambesoli National Park in the south and Maasai Mara in the west is a vital wildlife dispersal area; in fact, this land, owned primarily by the Maasai, supports a greater diversity of wildlife than the national parks. We will work with the African Conservation Centre and the South Rift Association of Landowners (SORALO) to create a unique community-based Research Center in Olkiramatian, the heart of the South Rift ecosystem. This area teems with wildlife and lies outside the tourist-dominated park environments. Situated on Maasai communal land, the new Research Center is designed to advance new approaches to understanding integrated landscapes through local initiatives and shared objectives for conservation and education.
(Course locations are subject to change.)