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 patrol, on-the-ground patrol, and other support, with our work today being much more improved. 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, which covers over 33,000 km². 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.
In Loving Memory of Captain Bernard Michael Shayo06/07/2023News
In Loving Memory of Captain Bernard Michael Shayo
The world of conservation and aviation mourns the loss of a true champion today. Captain Bernard Michael Shayo, a passionate and dedicated conservation pilot, who tragically lost his life in a plane crash on May 18, 2023.
In Loving Memory of Aman Mgogollo06/07/2023News
In Loving Memory of Aman Mgogollo
The conservation community mourns the tragic loss of Aman John Mgogollo, a brilliant and dedicated GIS specialist, who lost his life in a plane crash in Matambwe, Tanzania, on May 18, 2023. With profound sadness, we remember Aman’s exceptional contributions to conservation and his unwavering commitment to preserving our natural … Read more
Two FZS staff and TANAPA ranger killed in tragic plane crash05/19/2023News
Two FZS staff and TANAPA ranger killed in tragic plane crash
Two of our colleagues and one TANAPA ranger were killed in the crash of our Cessna 182 in Nyerere National Park, Tanzania, on Thursday 18 May.