Mbulia Conservancy and Kipalo Hills Lodge. – Amara worked with the community of Mbulia Group Ranch for many years to form a Conservancy on their land. This area is vital elephant and other wildlife habitat on the border of Tsavo West National Park.
We donated a vehicle and radios for the community rangers. We continue to work with the Conservancy and local communities as they solidify and grow.
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) – Amara and KWS work closely together to develop work plans while in the field. We frequently work jointly in the communities. It is crucial that we work with them to ensure we’re working in the most places of impact.
Big Life Foundation – Amara donated the very first vehicle to the Maasailand Preservation Trust which enabled them to catch poachers and illegal loggers, and protect the area between The Chyulu Hills, Tsavo West and Amboseli National Parks.
The MPT has since merged with Big Life, and their rangers do an enormous amount of work protecting wildlife in this critical area. Amara attends meetings with the Amboseli Game Scouts when possible, and shows films and holds environmental workshops in their areas on the Western side of Tsavo West down to Taveta on the Southern border with Tanzania.
African Environmental Film Foundation (AEFF) – AEFF is the organization that produces the environmental films that Amara shows throughout the communities.
Wildlife Works – Situated in the Southern Taita Hills region, Wildlife Works is an organization that protects over 500,000 acres of land from degradation. Initially through setting up a clothing factory and employing locals, they now protect vast areas utilizing Carbon Credit funding via REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), and they are growing. Amara continues to work with them showing films and holding workshops in all of the communities in this critical wildlife corridor between Tsavo East and West.
Born Free Foundation – Another organization that works towards conservation, Amara has worked closely with Born Free Foundation to show films in Northern Kenya, and have shown their film Mizoga (“Carcasses” in Kiswahili) about the bushmeat trade in many locations.