Singita Grumeti Fund
The objective of the Singita Grumeti Fund is to protect the Serengeti ecosystem, its natural landscape, and its wildlife. To do this we partner with local communities to build capacity and thereby help them to realize their development aspirations. We believe that by doing this we can help to create a world in which people and wildlife live together, sustainably, forever.
The Serengeti ecosystem is an international treasure – as important to the local communities that surround it as it is to the nation, the continent and the world. Competing interests and changing climate necessitate the constant protection and management of this ecosystem that supports one of the rarest of wildlife phenomena – the annual migration of approximately two million wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles.
Conservation of this resource has meant a shift away from hunting as a livelihood for people living on the borders of this protected land. As those people work hard to provide for themselves and their children in a changing resource base, they need to acquire new skills and knowledge to adapt.
How We Make a Difference
The Singita Grumeti Fund has been working to safeguard and enhance the Serengeti ecosystem for more than a decade through ecological conservation and community outreach in Singita Grumeti, along the western corridor of Serengeti National Park. Our work has helped restore severely degraded habitat and engage local communities directly in conservation through job creation and shared decision making. As we move forward, continued protection and enhancement of the land is as crucial as helping communities and individuals realize their goals.
- Conservation - The 350,000 acre Singita Grumeti concessions form a crucial part of the Serengeti ecosystem. In addition to rejuvenating and preserving the landscape, the Fund works with government, local communities and other stakeholders on various conservation projects ranging from the re-introduction of locally extinct animal species to managing wild fires and reducing the impact of invasive alien plant species.
- Anti-Poaching and Law Enforcement - The Singita Grumeti Fund combines cutting-edge technology with boots on the ground to combat poaching. We have established 11 permanent scout patrol camps and a network of high-lying Observation Posts. Furthermore, a state-of-the-art digital radio network and accompanying law enforcement database ensure resources are deployed efficiently and effectively.
- Community Outreach - The Community Outreach Program assists the local population in realizing their development goals. We work with more than 20 villages in close proximity to Singita Grumeti. Together we enhance access to quality education, teach environmental awareness at our Environmental Education Center, promote responsible natural resource management and support the establishment of small- and medium- enterprises. Our presence in the communities builds relationships and strengthens partnerships, while addressing shared concerns.
- Research and Monitoring - Our team monitors wildlife numbers, habitat changes, weather patterns and climate change, while GIS mapping software enables them to accurately map everything from wild fires and alien plant infestations to human-wildlife conflict and poaching incidents. This data ensures that only the best evidence-based information guides our decision making.
How You Can Help
The Singita Grumeti Fund depends on the generosity of donors to help us carry out our conservation and community programs. Your gift will help enhance the ongoing protection of this critical part of the Serengeti ecosystem and provide crucial support for the development aspirations of neighboring communities.