The Selous Game Reserve in southeastern Tanzania is one of Africa’s largest protected areas and internationally recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Selous Game Reserve accounts for more than one-fifth of Tanzania’s protected area network.

In 2019 it was divided into Nyerere National Park and Selous Game Reserve. These two places contain a wide variety of habitats including Miombo woodlands, open grasslands, riverine forests, and swamps, with diverse communities of plants and animals. More than 2,100 plant species have been recorded in the region, and the ecosystem is home to globally significant concentrations of elephants, buffalo, hippos, and crocodiles, amongst many other species.

Quick Facts
  • Project: Nyerere - Selous Conservation Project
  • Nyerere National Park size: 30,893 km²
  • Selous Game Reserve size: 51,799 km²
  • Start of Nyerere National Park Conservation Project: 2019
  • Start of Selous Game Reserve Conservation Project: 2012
  • Program Manager: Kathryn Doody
Both Nyerere National Park and Selous Game Reserve contain a wide variety of habitats including riverine forests, and swamps, where diverse communities of plants and animals live. @Daniel Rosengren
Some of Africa's largest populations of buffalo can be found in the Nyerere-Selous ecosystem. © Daniel Rosengren
To date, more than 2,100 plant species have been recorded in the region where the Nyerere-Selous ecosystem is located. © Daniel Rosengren
Wire snares are set by poachers to capture animals. To prevent animals from getting caught in them, FZS staff patrol the area and remove snares that they find. © Daniel Rosengren
Nyerere National Park and Selous Game Reserve combine into one of Africas largest protected areas. Here a multitude of species can be found, including this Flap-necked Chameleon. © Daniel Rosengren
Airplanes are used for many reasons, aerial surveys, aerial surveillance to detect prevent poaching activities, and more. © Daniel Rosengren
Airplane maintenance is critical to keep pilots and passengers safe. Here an FZS airplane is being calibrated in preparation for its next flight. © Daniel Rosengren
This is a Saddle-billed Stork. This species is vulnerable to wetland degradation and land conversion to agriculture. The Selous Game Reserve, with its wetlands, is a great home for this species. © Daniel Rosengren
Since 2012 FZS has provided assistance through aerial surveys, provision of an aircraft for conservation purposes, and providing technical and logistical support to team members in Selous. © Daniel Rosengren
Zebra populations are decreasing due to poaching. But protected areas where snares are actively being removed, such as the Selous Game Reserve are a good refuge for them. © Daniel Rosengren
Getting around vast landscapes such as Nyerere National Park and Selous Game Reserve is a challenge. Off-road vehicles are an indispensable tool for ecosystem monitoring and anti-poaching efforts. © Daniel Rosengren
Some of Africa's largest populations of crocodiles can be found in the Nyerere-Selous ecosystem. © Daniel Rosengren

How we support Nyerere National Park and Selous Game Reserve

Frankfurt Zoological Society has supported the protection of Selous since the 1980s. Most recently, since 2012 FZS has provided assistance through aerial surveys, provision of an aircraft for conservation purposes, and providing technical and logistical support to team members in Selous.

Since 2017, FZS has been an implementing and co-financing partner of the Tanzanian and German governments’ joint ‘Selous Ecosystem Conservation and Development Program’ (SECAD). The objective of this program is to strengthen the Selous Game Reserve management and protection through the following activities:

  • Providing baseline ecological assessments
  • Reviewing and updating the General Management Plan and financial plan
  • Developing and implementing management instruments
  • Supporting and advising law enforcement through aerial surveillance, improving the communication system, and ranger training
  • Administering capacity building programs
  • Conducting ecosystem monitoring and providing evaluation frameworks in collaboration with partners
  • Implementing intensive protection measures for black rhinos
  • Establishing ‘Selous Ecosystem Coordination Forum’

With support from the U.S. government, we are working with the Selous Game Reserve and Nyerere National Park management to further strengthen law enforcement through the training of specialized ranger units.

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Partners

Successful conservation is always the result of great teamwork. We collaborate with local communities, national authorities, and conservation organizations. Our partners make our conservation work possible.

  • Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA)
  • https://www.maliasili.go.tz/sectors/category/wildlifeWildlife Division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism of Tanzania
  • Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI)
  • KfW Group
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ
  • United States Department of State
Our partners

Contact

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