The Greater Amboseli Ecosystem (GAE) encompasses more than 2 million acres of land that is located primarily in southern Kenya but extends across the international boundary into Tanzania. The ecosystem is important for the wildlife populations and biodiversity that it supports, as well as its strategic location in a much larger connected landscape - it connects several larger National Parks in Kenya and Tanzania. The major land-use is livestock grazing and wildlife conservation (through community conservancies), but other land-uses include urban settlement, agricultureand isolated resource extraction.
It is a semi-arid environment in which freedom of movement is essential and up until now humans, livestock and wildlife have been able to roam across the region unimpeded. The major threats to wildlife in the ecosystem have in the past been poaching, and more recently an escalation in human-wildlife conflicts that have led to declining community tolerance for wildlife.
The biggest current threat to the ecosystem however is pressure on land. Recent changes present serious challenges, both for humans and nature. Land conversion as a result of the demands of a fast increasing human population, and unplanned development, has already blocked key wildlife movement corridors and seasonal grazing areas.
Over the last 15 years land conversion to settlement and agriculture has led to the loss of over 50% of the original area available to wildlife and had largely closed the corridor, forcing animals to pass through farms. Big Life was able to maintain the important Kimana Corridor through land lease and ensure wild animals a relatively safe passage from one National Park to another (Amboseli NP – Tsavo West NP). However, conserving the remaining natural habitats around Kimana is extremely important for Amboseli’s wildlife populations, as well as the integrity of the ecosystem. As a first step, Big Life has entered into lease agreements with willing owners in 2019, thereby securing an area of 155,140 hectares in addition to the Kimana Corridor. In order to attract more landowners to the idea of nature conservation and to generate income for landowners in addition to the low lease fees, Big Life is actively working on the development of additional sources of income that are compatible with wildlife and nature conservation, such as ecotourism. Beyond the Kimana Corridor, there are additionally clearly definable wildlife movement corridors that must also be secured for the functioning of the entire ecosystem in the coming years. In order to lease these land parcels (an additional 352,767 acres), additional long-term donations are needed.
Help us to secure these important wildlife corridors and maintain nature conservation efforts by protect this ecosystem from uncontrolled development.
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