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

Advocacy Against the Proposed Road Construction through the Aberdare Forest

We are challenging the proposed construction of the Ihithe-Ndunyu Njeru Road through the Aberdare National Park and Forest Reserve. This project, if implemented, will have severe and far-reaching negative ecological repercussions for our country.

Strengthening the Conservation & Management of Mukogodo & Mount Kulal Forests through agroforestry & Important Bird Area Listing

 The objective is to restore deforested and degraded lands through the  forest and landscape restoration approach and enhance the socioeconomic development of local communities through the development of bio-enterprises of Non-Timber Forest Products and Services in ASALs.

Unlocking Biodiversity Data to Facilitate Designation of Lake Ol bolosat as the 7th Ramsar Site in Kenya

Despite Lake Ol Bolossat being a critical biodiversity hotspot in Kenya, and a designated Important Bird Area (IBA), it is under serious threat and has not been given the very much-needed attention in terms of management and protection largely due to inadequate and scanty biodiversity data.

News & Updates

Preserving Amboseli: The Perils of Devolving Park Management

In 2023, plans to downgrade Amboseli National Park to a National Reserve, placing it under Kajiado County’s management, sparked concern in Kenya’s conservation community….

Study Reveals Elephants Use Names to Address Each Other

Nairobi, June 11, 2024 — A groundbreaking study, a collaborative effort between researchers from Save the Elephants, Colorado State University, and ElephantVoices, has revealed a fascinating ….

Kenya’s Mara Reserve Embarks on Rhino Monitoring Project

Nairobi, May 7 (Swara)—In an initiative to bolster conservation efforts, The Safari Collection and Footprint Trust have joined forces to spearhead a pioneering rhino monitoring project in Kenya….

Conservatory Order Extended to Protect Aberdare National Park and Forest

Nairobi, April 30 (Swara) – The Environment and Land Court in Nyeri has extended the conservatory order against the Ihithe-Ndunyu Njeru road until June 3 to safeguard the Aberdare National Park and Aberdare Forest.   …..