As you are aware, the art of philanthropy is a difficult one. There is sadly no shortage of organizations where the main beneficiary is the lifestyle of the individuals running them.
Fortunately there are organisations and individuals who are truly committed to making a difference in conservation. From close contact in the field and first hand knowledge, here is our shortlist. They can be supported through the Royal African Foundation or directly.
- Big Life: A front line conservation initiative that concentrates on no nonsense security for wildlife in Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania. Patrols, infrastructure and rapid response teams have had a real impact, particularly for one of Africa's most important elephant populations.
- Mount Kenya Trust: Working to protect and preserve the integrity of Mount Kenya's acclaimed biodiversity and by extension the ecosystem services provided by this vital water catchment. A relatively small but vital organisation.
- Lewa and Borana conservancies: Two adjoining private conservancies that have been very successful in protecting the endangered Black Rhino, Grevy's Zebra and other wildlife. Their approach in addition to serious security has been to engage with local communities and create a true partnership environment for conservation, that reaches far into Northern Kenya.