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REGIONS

Tarangire
Serengeti
Greater Mara
Rubondo Island
Ruaha
Zanzibar

GREATER MARA

GREATER MARA

The Greater Mara is located in the southwest corner of Kenya, bordering Tanzania. A natural extension of the Serengeti plains, the ecosystem spans the Maasai Mara National Reserve and adjoining Community Conservancies, which include Mara Naboisho, Mara North, Olare Orok, Lemek, and Ol Chorro Conservancies. The area hosts a huge concentration of wildlife including cheetahs, leopards, lions, giraffes, and hippos, but the Greater Mara is most famous for the Great Migration, which happens annually and showcases the migration of over 2,000,000 wildebeest, 500,000 Thomson’s gazelles, and 250,000 zebras across the ecosystem in search of fresh pastures. Unfortunately, this well-known ecosystem, rich in wildlife and cultural importance, is under increasing threat. Uncontrolled cattle grazing, human development and tourism development has led to a disruption to wildlife migration routes and declining wildlife numbers, as well as unsustainable livelihoods of local communities. With your help, it is possible to invest in the region and secure its future by supporting projects and initiatives making a needed difference. We invite you to donate here to help ensure the future of The Greater Mara.


Asilia Giving - Projects IN GREATER MARA

Join us in supporting projects that are making a real and measurable difference on the ground in Africa.
JUSTICE OLE KEIWUA SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The Justice Ole Keiwua Wildlife Scholarship Fund was established to invest in developing local conservation leaders. Scholarships offered through the fund create an opportunity to recognize, encourage and promote leadership among future wildlife management professionals by supporting their wildlife and conservation-based education. We invite you to make a donation to help fund the further development of conservation leaders in Kenya.

KOIYAKI GUIDE SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The Koiyaki Guide School Scholarship Fund was established to provide local individuals training that they would otherwise not have access to and that will help them gain employment and income to support their families, promote responsible guiding and tourism, and become wildlife conservation advocates in Kenya. The school serves the dual purpose of equipping locals with the necessary skills and knowledge to find employment and improving the tourism industry by nurturing world-class guides that are leaders in conservation. We invite you to make a donation today to help sponsor promising local individuals and offer them an opportunity to gain an education in conservation.

MARA LION PROJECT

The Mara Lion Project is intended as a long-term monitoring project where research is used to drive conservation initiatives. The main aim of the Mara Lion Project is to sustainably conserve lions throughout the Greater Mara ecosystem by determining their current status, identifying the major threats that could be causing declines in the current lion population and mitigating these threats wherever possible. The data collected by project researchers includes direct behavioral observation, fecal analysis, genetic analysis, disease screening, radio telemetry, historic data and interviews with herders. As it currently stands, the Kenya Wildlife Service estimates that there are fewer than 2,000 lions left in Kenya, with an annual decline of 100 lions. Increasing human population, coupled with diminishing natural prey and habitats has brought lions in to ever-closer proximity to people. Working with communities this project has “science driving conservation” at its heart.

MARA NABOISHO CONSERVANCY (DEVELOPMENT OF LAND BANK)

Located in Kenya adjacent to the Masai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Naboisho Conservancy is a 50,000-acre private conservancy that aims to protect and conserve the unique biological resources and socio-cultural heritage found within the area. We invite you to help ensure the success of the conservancy by making a donation that will support research, projects and initiatives needed on the ground in the greater Mara. Your donation will go to the Asilia Charitable Corporation. The Asilia Charitable Corporation has applied to the U.S. IRS for status as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. That application is pending. When the IRS approves a timely filed exemption application, exempt status is recognized back to the date the organization was created. Thus, while an application is pending, the organization can treat itself as exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3). However, contributors to the organization do not have advance assurance of deductibility because the organization's exemption is pending. If the organization ultimately qualifies for exemption for the period in which the contribution is made, the contribution will be tax-deductible by the US tax paying donors. Alternatively, if the organization ultimately does not qualify for exemption, then the contribution will not be tax deductible.

MARA CHEETAH PROJECT

The global cheetah population is rapidly dwindling and with less than 10,000 individuals left in the wild, cheetahs are vulnerable to extinction. Currently, the greater Mara ecosystem is one of only two remaining strongholds for the global cheetah population. The Mara Cheetah Project (MCP), led by Dr. Femke Broekhuis of Oxford University’s Wildlife Research Unit (WildCRU), was established to study the current status of cheetahs in the Greater Mara ecosystem and to identify the major threats that could be causing declines within their population. We invite you to contribute to the Mara Cheetah Project and help secure the future of cheetahs and other critical wildlife by making a donation.

NGOUSANI PRIMARY SCHOOL

Located within the greater Mara area, the Ngousani Primary School serves some 530 students (300 boys and 230 girls). The 16 teachers are limited in the education they can offer because of insufficient infrastructure, limited classroom supplies (such as chairs, desks, textbooks), but the educators remain dedicated and passionate as they teach the local youth. Asilia collaborates with the One Life to offer concrete educational support to the Ngousani Primary School through a combination of in-kind support (books, teaching aids, desks) and individual support in the form of scholarships for students.

AITONG PRIMARY SCHOOL

Located within the greater Mara area, the Aitong Primary School has 800 students (410 boys and 390 girls). With 22 fully employed teachers, 13 classrooms and limited infrastructure those teaching are faced with many challenges. Asilia collaborates with the One Life to offer concrete educational support to the Aitong Primary School through a combination of in-kind support (books, teaching aids, desks) and individual support in the form of scholarships for students.

MBITIN PRIMARY SCHOOL

Located within the greater Mara area, the Mbitin Primary School currently has 115 students (65 boys and 50 girls). With 6 fully employed teachers, teaching in the 2 available classrooms the hope is that the students are offered the best education possible. However, the lack of seating and desks, classroom supplies (such as textbooks) and proper facilities (including a laboratory, teachers offices, etc) offer a challenge. Asilia collaborates with the One Life to offer concrete educational support to the Mbitini Primary School through a combination of in-kind support (books, teaching aids, desks) and individual support in the form of scholarships for students.


OTHER AREAS WE SUPPORT

Working to improve livelihoods and protect nature in some of the most unique corners of Africa. Learn more and support the areas that touch you.
TARANGIRE

Tarangire National Park spans 2,850 square kilometers (1,093 square miles) across northern Tanzania below the Rift Valley escarpment. Famous for its giant Baobab trees and vast herds of elephants, Tarangire National Park offers a variety of unspoiled landscapes, which are home to a variety of wildlife. The Tarangire River runs through the park and acts as a permanent water source that attracts game from surrounding areas and causes the park to feature one of the highest densities of wildlife per square kilometer during the dry season. Unfortunately, growing livestock populations together with unregulated agricultural expansion are increasingly encroaching into the Tarangire ecosystem. Unchecked, these pressures leave the future of this dry season wildlife refuge and the greater ecosystem of Tarangire unknown. With your help, it is possible to improve the prospects for the ecosystem and the communities living within it.

SERENGETI

The Serengeti National Park spans an area of 12,950 sq km in Tanzania. It is located between the shores of Lake Victoria in the west, Lake Eyasi in the south and the Great Rift Valley to the east. The Serengeti is arguably the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, making up one of the oldest, most complex ecosystems on earth. With more than 2 million Wildebeest and 250,000 zebra, the area is home to the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa and supports more than 30 species of large herbivores and some 500 species of birds. Unfortunately, increasing pressures threaten this iconic ecosystem and the local communities do not benefit sufficiently from it, often living in great poverty despite the substantial numbers of tourists visiting the Serengeti. With your help, we can offer needed support that will enable improved governance of the area and increased benefits for the neighbouring local communities. With your help, we can offer needed support that will enable improved governance and increased viable opportunities for local communities that will secure the future of this invaluable area.

RUBONDO ISLAND

Rubondo Island is Africa’s largest island national park. Located in the southwest corner of Lake Victoria in Tanzania, the islands spans 25,000-hectares. Widely recognized as a critical breeding ground for both migratory birds and fish species (including the iconic Nile perch), Rubondo Island was a forest reserve during German colonial times. In 1965 it became a game reserve and in 1977 gained its current formal protection as a national park . Relatively untouched, the island is primarily covered by pristine indigenous sub-tropical forest, which offers a variety of habitats that enable a range of wildlife to survive and thrive. Today, the island is home to roaming elephants, families of chimpanzees, spotted necked otters, genet cats, velvet monkeys, Nile crocodiles, giraffes, hippos, a variety of migratory birds and more. Unfortunately, pressures on the island are mounting, leaving the future of the ecosystem and wildlife that depend on it vulnerable. Poaching and deforestation by neighboring communities has risen, due to a lack of economic opportunities in the area, fragmented governance and limited awareness. Improving prospects and countering these trends is critical and demands immediate action through an integrated effort. We invite you to donate today to help ensure the future of Rubondo Island.

ZANZIBAR

Located about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, Zanzibar is an archipelago that sits in the Indian Ocean. Spanning 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, Zanzibar is known for its sandy beaches and fringing coral reefs, but the island of Zanzibar also offers a window into a melting pot of cultures and influences with its rich and colorful history that dates back to the 1500s. Today, Zanzibar represents a great challenge to conservation with its high and rapidly growing human population, tourism development and fragile wildlife and marine environment. Various initiatives are much needed to ensure a more sustainable future for the island, its local people and nature. We invite you to make a donation to help support the ongoing work to ensure a positive future for this unique island.

RUAHA

Located in the middle of Tanzania, Ruaha National Park is the largest national park in Tanzania. The park covers 20,000 square kilometers and is part of a much more extensive ecosystem — the greater Rungwa-Kizigo- Muhesi ecosystem, which covers more than 45,000 square kilometers. Ruaha National Park has a high diversity of plants and animals including a large population of big cats, elephants, buffalos, antelopes and various endangered species, and is considered one of the biodiversity hotspots in the world. And yet the park is under-managed and under various threats. Your support will make a difference in creating better prospects for this important park and its neighboring communities. Your support will make a difference in creating better prospects for this important park and its neighbouring communities.

REGIONAL AREAS OF SUPPORT

We take an area approach towards improving livelihoods and protecting nature in some of the most unique corners of Africa. The areas we support include 6 uniique geographic regions across East Africa — the Greater Mara, the Serengeti, Tarangire, Rubondo Island, Matemwe, and Ruaha. In each of these areas, we engage with local communities, authorities and partner organizations to support projects and initiatives that address some of the key long-term challenges, priorities and measures for a given area.


 

ASILIA'S AREA COMMITMENT

Asilia believes that tourism should make a lasting positive impact on both nature and people. Proviging area support to local communities and the environment is an integral part of Asilia's identity and vision. Asilia maintains multi-year relationships with local communities, provides concrete educational support to 16 primary schools and offers funding to carnivore conservation and research throughout East Africa. Collaborating with partners on the ground, Asilia's goal is to make a real difference.