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Serengeti Conservation Project

Protecting East Africa’s legacy landscape

FZS History - Grzimek Bernhard and Michael
Bernhard Grzimek and his son Michael at work in the Serengeti. Photo courtesy of Okapia
“Serengeti shall not die” is the title of Bernhard and Michael Grzimek’s academy award-winning 1959 documentary. And it is our goal and vision to this day. The Serengeti remains at the core of our conservation work in Africa.

We are continuing our engagement in close collaboration with Tanzania National Parks and provide critical financial and logistical support and know-how for resource protection, ecological and threat monitoring and park management to the Serengeti National Park.

The Serengeti ecosystem is a world-renowned natural landscape. The Great Migration of the wildebeest, zebras and Thomson's gazelles is the largest ungulate migration on earth. With resilient populations of predators and iconic wildlife such as elephants, giraffes and rhinos, the Serengeti National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What we do

To help ensure effective long-term protection of elephants, rhinos and other wildlife, we support the Park authorities in coordinating anti-poaching and monitoring activities and in improving intelligence gathering capability to counter wildlife crime. We engage with stakeholders to secure sustainable funding for a de-snaring programme. And we support the management of the adjacent Maswa Game Reserve.

The bird’s eye view
Ever since Bernhard and Michael Grzimek set out to count the wildebeest of the Serengeti, zebra-striped aircraft have become a trademark of our conservation work. Aerial support to the Serengeti National Park includes a dedicated spotter plane, an Aviat Husky, which is used for regular aerial patrols with the park wardens,  and a Cessna 182 for logistical support.

Keeping conservation going
Our workshop maintains the Serengeti National Park's anti-poaching car fleet, as mobility is key to deploying ranger patrols throughout the park. Keeping service time down, and the patrols out in the field is an essential contribution to protecting the ecosystem. The workshop also assists the park with improvements and maintenance of the extensive digital radio system.

Saving the Serengeti rhinos
As in many other areas in Africa, the Black Rhino was almost poached to extinction in Serengeti in the 1990s. Because rigid protection measures were put in place, the population of this endangered species grew again. We continue to support monitoring and protection of the Serengeti rhinos as the poaching threat persists. We provide training, equipment, logistical support and vehicle maintenance to a specialised ranger unit.

Community work
Empowering the local communities is a key component of our conservation strategy. The Serengeti Conservation Project works hand-in-hand with our community projectSerengeti Ecosystem Management.