Maasai giraffe walking across the savanna

Wildlife Conservation and Coexistence

Africa’s unparalleled large mammal populations face increasing threats in a changing world. Our conservation solutions create safe, healthy spaces for at-risk wildlife to survive and thrive.

A brighter future for wildlife begins with people. We partner with communities to design programs that reflect local needs and viewpoints. Together, we help people and wildlife coexist and protect species on the brink of extinction.

How We Conserve Wildlife and Promote Coexistence

Engage Communities to Protect Lions and Other Big Cats

Together with local people, we conserve Tanzania’s highly threatened lions, leopards, and cheetahs by addressing all primary threats to their long-term survival.

Leopard and cub in Tanzania

Reduce Human-Wildlife Conflict with Living Walls

Co-created with communities, Living Walls protect livestock at the homestead and in turn prevent revenge killing – a primary threat to lions in Tanzania. Living Walls also create greater peace and prosperity for rural families, which improves attitudes toward coexistence.

Aerial view of a Living Wall around a boma

Promote Coexistence through Warriors for Wildlife

As local ambassadors for conservation, Warriors for Wildlife provide rapid response to human-wildlife conflict events, rescue lost livestock, and offer ongoing dialogue and education to their respective communities about living with wildlife.

Warriors for Wildlife defuse a potential human-wildlife conflict in Tanzania

Preserve Essential Wildlife Habitat

We partner with communities to protect vast, open spaces that wildlife depend on. While Community Game Scouts conduct regular patrols to prevent illegal activity in the Tarangire ecosystem, our Sustainable Rangelands Initiative mobilizes local people to monitor and manage vital grasslands across northern Tanzania.

Group of fringe-eared oryx in Tanzania

Monitor and Track Key Wildlife Populations

To ensure that wildlife continues to benefit from our programs, Community Game Scouts conduct twice-monthly counts to monitor local species in targeted areas. For the past ten years, key herbivore populations have increased or remained stable.

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Community game scout observing wildlife with binoculars
Lioness sitting on the Maasai Steppe

Support Coexistence This Summer

Embrace your wild side and support APW's coexistence officers, including our Warriors for Wildlife and Community Game Scouts. Give today to ensure they can continue their essential work in protecting wildlife and fostering human-wildlife coexistence!

    I decided to become a Warrior for Wildlife when I saw that big cats in our community areas were facing extinction. Now I help create peace between communities and wildlife.

    Saitoti Petro, Warrior for Wildlife

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