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Conflict between native pastoralist communities, the traditional stewards of Kenya’s lands, and contemporary conservationists have created a false dichotomy in the management of Kenya’s rich natural landscapes. Nature benefits from human collaboration and a portfolio of solutions that acknowledge traditional and modern relationships with the land. 

Masai Mara, Kenya. Photo by Robin Stuart.

Kenya's Ecology

Kenya is famous for its treasure trove of wildlife. Giraffe, flamingo, and wildebeest inhabit the wild places of this country, many of which are not covered by formal government protections, but conserved through private initiatives. Creating a broader conservation movement that incorporates traditional values and communities could result in significant gains for Kenya’s nature, especially given low government capacity to maintain formally designated areas. 

Half (Mission Achieved)

Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.

Can Reach Half

Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.

Could Be Restored

Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.


Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.


Frankfurt Zoological Society

We conserve wildlife and ecosystems focusing on protected areas and outstanding wild places.

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London Zoological Society (ZSL)

Working to protect wildlife around the world, ZSL is inspiring action while innovating on-the-ground work that values and supports all communities, human and ecological.

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Amboseli National Park, Kenya. Photo by Harshil Gudka.
Amboseli National Park

This transboundary protected area is a glittering jewel of nature, at the convergence of drylands and swamplands that make for a stunning array of birdlife.

Hungry hippo. Photo by Julie Wolpers.
Aberdare National Park

Richly forested mountain peaks form deep ravines and cascading waterfalls in this lush park. A refuge for giant forest hogs, jackals, and baboons.

Sipping whale shark. Photo by To a Heftiba.
Watamu Marine National Park and Reserve

Deforestation and climate change have taken a toll on Watamu’s coral reefs, which form the “ecological backbone” of this region.

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