Animals grazing in the foothills of Oldonyo Lengai mountain

Protecting Wildlife by Empowering People

African People & Wildlife works to find a balance for communities and nature. See how we partner with local people to protect vulnerable wildlife and critical habitat while uplifting rural livelihoods.

We protect wildlife, invest in people, and restore balance to Africa’s vital ecosystems.

Our Mission

Africa’s wild places impact the health of our Earth. We work to conserve iconic species like elephants and lions, uplift the communities who live alongside them, and preserve the landscapes they all share.

Maasai warrior standing at a watering hole with a spear
Erika Piñeros/African People & Wildlife
Landscape of Loibor Siert

Our Priorities

We recognize the deep linkages between people, wildlife, and the diverse ecosystems they call home. Together with communities and other partners, we focus on priorities that deliver win-win, sustainable solutions for people and nature.

Land and Water

Wildlife

People

Building Connections with ACTIVE™ Community Engagement

Unlock the power of ACTIVE™ Community Engagement and create meaningful relationships with local communities for successful conservation outcomes. See how our workshops, retreats, and customized consulting services can help.

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A Regional Center of Conservation Innovation

The Noloholo Environmental Center is the only education and training facility of its kind in northern Tanzania – and will soon become Africa’s first center of excellence for holistic conservation.

Great Room at Noloholo Environmental Center
Maasai women smiling

We Address Some of Our World’s Most Pressing Challenges

Our holistic approach to conservation is grounded in a set of overarching themes that we integrate across all of our programs.

Climate-Smart, Community-Driven Conservation

African People & Wildlife uses sustainable and adaptive solutions to reduce the impacts of climate change while supporting the needs and rights of local communities.

Wildebeest and zebra gather in front of smoke

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Mt. Kilimanjaro at sunset

Our Impact

Rebounding Wildlife

Recovering and stabilizing populations of key wildlife species, including the African lion and the fringe-eared oryx

Empowered Women and Girls

Improved income retention, education, and employment opportunities in support of greater gender equality

Peaceful Coexistence

Greater tolerance for living with wildlife, including in landscapes with previously high levels of conflict

Resilient Landscapes

Improved monitoring of critical grasslands and increased habitat protection efforts by communities