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.
Lale’enok Resource Centre
The communally-owned land between the boundaries of Amboseli National Park in the south and the 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. The African Conservation Centre and the South Rift Association of Landowners (SORALO) have established a unique community-based research center in Olkiramatian, the heart of the South Rift ecosystem. This area teems with wildlife and lies outside tourist-dominated park environments. Situated on Maasai communal land, the Lale’enok Resource Centre is designed to advance new approaches to understanding integrated landscapes through local initiatives and shared objectives for conservation and education. Unusual in Maasai land, the centre is owned by women, the Olkiramatian Reto Women’s Group. The Centre also functions as a social enterprise, earning revenue from visitors and students who come to Lale’enok to learn about Maasai culture, land management, and conservation practices.
(Course locations are subject to change.)