Welcome To East
African Wild Life Society

The East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) prides itself on being the voice of conservation in the East African region with a special focus on Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. We are registered in Kenya as a not-for-profit non-governmental organisation. Established in 1956 through a merger of the Kenyan and Tanzanian wildlife societies and wildlife enthusiasts from Uganda, we are one of the pioneer membership-based, public benefit conservation organisations in East Africa.

Become a Member

Supporting East African Wild Life Society signifies your dedication to conservation and the wise use of the environment in East Africa.

Strategic Issues for Advocacy

Climate Change

Climate change is a global concern and a principal threat to the survival of biodiversity and humanity's future.
"If nothing is done about climate change, we can forget about biodiversity" (Wilson EO. 2019, Biodiversity & Climate change)

Environmental Pollution

We are keen on addressing environmental pollution with a specific interest in plastic and effluent pollution in the region of East Africa.
Up to 80% of all litter in our oceans is made of plastic. By 2050 we will have more plastics in the oceans than fish. (UNEP).


Deforestation ranks top in the global environmental agenda. Its effects include habitat loss, biodiversity loss, greenhouse gas emissions, disruption of water cycles, increasing soil erosion, land fragmentation, disruption of livelihoods, human-wildlife conflicts, reduced land productivity and consequent degradation of forest ecosystems.

Environmental Governance

Deficient and ineffectual environmental governance, policies and legislation in East Africa is a major problem in conservation. Weak institutions, uncoordinated implementation of policies, insufficient funding, and limited capacity undermines effective and sustainable natural resource management.

Development & Environment

Disregarding of environmental standard requirements and procedures in urban infrastructural development in East Africa is a major concern. Construction of major transportation systems and industries seem to impact negatively on environment.

Our Work


Wildlife sector in East Africa supports the livelihoods of millions of rural households and significantly contributes to the region's economy through Tourism.

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Forests contribute an average of 3% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the region, excluding ecosystems services and informally-traded non-timber products it renders.

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These critical ecosystems cover an estimated 18 million Ha across East Africa. They are however severely threatened by encroachment and agriculture along riparian land.

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The East African coast is rapidly deteriorating its marine environment through plastic pollution, threatening the survival of aquatic wildlife and marine ecosystems.

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Our work involves Advocacy and policy development for better conservation and sustainable management of wildlife, forests, wetlands and marine ecosystems.

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Swara Magazine

SWARA Magazine is an important tool we use for sharing information and creating awareness about conservation matters in the wider region of Eastern Africa.

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What We Are Working on Right Now

Oppose Construction Of Aberdare Forest: Ihithe-Ndunyu Njeru Road Project

We urge you to join the members of KFWG in our efforts to save the Aberdare Forest. Please sign this petition today.

Support Rangers Putting out Wildfires in Kirisia Forest

Kirisia Community Forest Association (CFA) scouts are combing the forest day and night to keep surveillance for the rampant forest fire incidents.

Lake Ol Bolossat Project

Involved in drawing a Draft Management Plan for Lake Ol Bolossat with the County Government of Nyandarua.

News & Updates

904 Species Lack International Trade Protections, New Study Discloses

NAIROBI, Aug 23 (Swara) – A new study has brought to light a significant lapse in international wildlife trade protections. Alarmingly, two-fifths of the species under threat…

Forest Advocacy Groups Warn Against Lifting Kenya’s Logging Ban

Nairobi, 7th July 2023 (Swara) – The Kenya Forest Working Group (KFWG) and East African Wildlife Society (EAWLS) have voiced significant concern regarding …

Tropical Rainforest Loss Accelerates by 10 Per Cent

NAIROBI, June 29 (Swara) – Primary rainforest loss in the tropics accelerated in 2022, marking a 10 per cent increase from 2021, according to…

EAWLS Opposes Proposed Road Project in Aberdare Ecosystem

NAIROBI, May 24 (Swara) – The East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) has raised serious objections to the proposed upgrading of the …