Protecting Tanzania's wilderness
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.
- 09/15/2022Project update
Banks for people and nature09/15/2022Project update
Banks for people and nature
Empowering the growth of conservation-friendly livelihood opportunities that benefit both people and the natural environment.
- 09/14/2022Project update
“We take care of the Serengeti”09/14/2022Project update
“We take care of the Serengeti”
In Tanzania, especially in villages around protected areas, a popular and profitable business opportunity that also benefits the environment is beekeeping. A new honey processing facility built by FZS is helping farmers make more money from their products while helping the industry grow.
- 09/13/2022Project update
Keeping cows safe09/13/2022Project update
Keeping cows safe
Once lions learn that they can relatively easily hunt cows grazing behind inadequately secured fences, they become less motivated to go on hunting expeditions for wild antelope or buffalo. This is a problem for local people whose livelihoods are threatened. But a solution exists.