Our nature conservation story began in Tanzania. Since 1957 we have been working in this country with Tanzanian partners to protect the iconic Serengeti National Park. Over those 60+ years, we have been providing aerial, on-the-ground, and other support, with our work today being no different. A dedicated FZS team works closely with local communities surrounding the protected area, with whom alternative livelihood opportunities that are supported by microcredit schemes and workshops are developed.

Since 2012 we also began work in the Selous Game Reserve, originally part of one of the largest reserves in the world. In 2019 this Reserve was divided to make space for the development of a hydropower plant, resulting in the creation of an additional protected area, the Nyerere National Park. We support these areas with aerial monitoring flights, equipment for park rangers, and an auto repair shop.

The largest chimpanzee population in the world resides in Mahale National Park, an area we also support. Here we help maintain the population of chimpanzees and assist in expanding the protected area. The communities surrounding Mahale are helping us protect this natural space.

Projects in Tanzania

Project management, monitoring and working with communities

A Husky plane, donated by the German government, that is used in anti-poaching patrolling and surveying the Serengeti seen in the hangar. It is very lightweight and can easily be pushed on the ground by one or two people. Seronera, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Daniel Rosengren
A Community Conservation Bank (COCOBA) meeting in a village north of Mahale. © Daniel Rosengren
FZS Project leader - Serengeti Ecosystem Management talking with local people on the highlands of Loliondo, Tanzania. © Daniel Rosengren
A Moru ranger, sitting in an observation tower and keeping track of the rhinos as well as looking out for poachers. Moru, Serengeti, Tanzania. © Daniel Rosengren
FZS Serengeti Programme Manager flying his plane. Seronera, Serengeti, Tanzania. © Daniel Rosengren
Mechanics at work at the FZS workshop. Seronera, Serengeti, Tanzania. © Daniel Rosengren
A group photo of the COCOBA members after a COCOBA meeting. Mugumu area, west of Serengeti, Tanzania. © Daniel Rosengren
A Moru rhino Ranger, scanning and searching for rhinos. Radio transmitters have been put in the rhinos’ horns that can be tracked with telemetry equipment. Moru, Serengeti, Tanzania. © Daniel Rosengren
Tree planting in local communities near Serengeti, Tanzania. © Daniel Rosengren
A Husky plane, donated by the German government, used in anti-poaching patrolling and surveying the Serengeti. It is very lightweight and can easily be pushed on the ground by one or two people. Seronera, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Daniel Rosengren
Zebras passing by the FZS staff houses in Fort Ikoma, Tanzania. © Daniel Rosengren
The FZS workshop team in a group photo. Seronera, Serengeti, Tanzania. © Daniel Rosengren

Project updates

  • 06/11/2021Project update

    The radio influencer

    06/11/2021Project update

    The radio influencer

    From FZS intern to locally famous ‘radio girl’. Christina Gregory empowers women to participate in economic activities by sharing programs about FZS supported Community Conservation Banks. Her radio programs are making a difference to people, especially women, in her region.

  • 11/23/2020Blog

    The pandemic is affecting Serengeti’s protection. But not all is lost.

    11/23/2020Blog

    The pandemic is affecting Serengeti’s protection. But not all is lost.

    Lack of income means national park authorities struggle to keep wildlife safe. But you can help change that.

  • 09/22/2020Blog

    Saving the Serengeti Rhino

    09/22/2020Blog

    Saving the Serengeti Rhino

    Weighing up to 1,400 kg and measuring up to 3.75 meters from the head to base of the tail, black rhinos are among the world’s largest land animals. Despite their strength, they don’t stand a chance against poachers, who hunt them for their horns and nearly caused their demise in … Read more

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