The Serengeti ecosystem is a world-renowned natural landscape and listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Great Migration involving wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelles that takes place here is the largest ungulate migration on earth. With resilient populations of predators and iconic wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, and rhinos, the Serengeti is a majestic natural landscape.

“Serengeti shall not die” is the title of Bernhard and Michael Grzimek’s academy award-winning 1959 documentary and represents Frankfurt Zoological Society’s (FZS) goal and vision to this day; the Serengeti remains at the core of our conservation work in Africa.

Quick Facts
  • Project: Serengeti Conservation Project
  • Serengeti National Park Area Size: 14,750 km²
  • Project start: 1957
  • Program Manager: Rian Labuschagne
This Husky plane was donated by the German government. It is used for anti-poaching patrolling and surveying in the Serengeti. © Daniel Rosengren
FZS helps establish Community Conservation Banks (COCOBAs), a savings and banking loans model. COCOBAs allow members to access loans to establish conservation-friendly businesses, such as beekeeping. © Daniel Rosengren
FZS and Tanzania National Parks work to co-implement a project called: Serengeti Ecosystem Development and Conservation Project which aims to reconcile the developmental needs of the communities adjacent to the Serengeti ecosystem with conservation goals. © Daniel Rosengren
A ranger in Moru Kopjes, Serengeti, observing rhinos and looking out for poaching activity. © Daniel Rosengren
Aircraft are essential for surveillance of the Serengeti ecosystem. They are used for monitoring, aerial patrols, and wildlife censuses. © Daniel Rosengren
FZS maintains all the patrol vehicles for the rhino protection unit in Serengeti National Park. Keeping service and repair time down, and the patrols out in the field is an essential contribution to protecting the ecosystem. © Daniel Rosengren
The COCOBA banks are long-lasting and sustainable and have been very successful so far. FZS is implementing a Training of Trainers approach to build expert capacity within the district and village levels. © Daniel Rosengren
A Moru Kopjes rhino Ranger, scanning and searching for rhinos. Radio transmitters have been put in the rhinos’ horns that can be tracked with telemetry equipment. © Daniel Rosengren
The Serengeti National Park covers about 15,000 square kilometers. Regular low-flying aerial patrols are necessary to observe the full expanse of the park including the park borders. © Daniel Rosengren
In the Serengeti, tour operators are supporting Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) by funding the FZS supported de-snaring program in the Serengeti. To date, nearly 50,000 snares have been collected, and hundreds of animals have been released alive from snares. © Daniel Rosengren
“Serengeti shall not die” is the title of Bernhard and Michael Grzimek’s academy award-winning 1959 documentary and represents our goal and vision to this day; the Serengeti remains at the core of our conservation work in Africa. © Daniel Rosengren
The Seronera workshop services key anti-poaching vehicles. In a normal month, trained staff will service and repair around 40 vehicles. © Daniel Rosengren

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    The impact of COVID on the Serengeti

    We have been supporting the Serengeti National Park for 60+ years. Since the start of the pandemic, the Park has faced many new challenges. Apart from our usual conservation activities, we have been able to step up our support to Park authorities who have been financially affected by COVID-19, thanks … Read more

  • 10/28/2021Project update

    A 20 million Euro rescue package for the Serengeti

    10/28/2021Project update

    A 20 million Euro rescue package for the Serengeti

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  • 06/11/2021Project update

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    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.

Project 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.

  • https://www.maliasili.go.tz/sectors/category/wildlifeWildlife Division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism of Tanzania
  • Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA)
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA)
  • Tanzania Wildlife Authority (TAWA)
  • Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI)
  • Pasiansi Wildlife Training Institute
  • Mweka Wildlife College
  • The Wyss Foundation
  • Lion Recovery Fund
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Rhino Recovery Fund
  • JRS Biodiversity Fund
  • KfW Group
  • Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO)
  • SENAPA Investors
  • Eleonore Beck Foundation
  • Friedkin Conservation Fund
  • Asilia Giving
  • Stadler Family Foundation
  • Manfred-Hermsen Stiftung
  • The Wildcat Foundation
  • Save the Elephants
  • Elephant Crisis Fund
  • Stop Ivory
  • Tusk Trust
  • Save the Rhino
  • Dvůr Králové Safari Park
  • World Nomads
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Contact

Zoologische Gesellschaft Frankfurt von 1858 e.V.
Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1
60316 Frankfurt

Telephone: +49 (0)69 - 94 34 46 0
Fax: +49 (0)69 - 43 93 48
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