The Kenya and Tanzania Wildlife Societies are formed
EAWLS was founded through a merger of the Kenya and Tanzania Wildlife Societies (both were formed in 1956) and wildlife enthusiasts from Uganda.
EAWLS launches a programme that offers financial support to game departments in Kenya (1964), Tanzania (1965) and Uganda (1966) this included, providing anti-poaching equipment, erecting fences around national parks, assisting with animal rescue, purchasing aircrafts and providing education opportunities.
EAWLS initiates an education programme to support wildlife conservation research work, including studies that focused on well-known species, such as Cheetah, Hyena, Elephant and Rhino, as well as lesser known species, such as threatened Tana River Mangabay and Red Colobus monkeys, and Sable and Roan antelope.
With the support of the EAWLS, the critically endangered Roan Antelope are translocated to Ruma National Park as the population is estimated at just 50 individuals. The attention given to this decline prompts the Wildlife Department to prepare a strategy for Roan Antelope survival.
Michael Werikhe, a well-known conservationist in East Africa, walks alone from Mombasa to Nairobi to raise awareness about the plight of the Black Rhino. The EAWLS begins to sponsor his pursuits and they work together to promote rhino conservation. They raise funds to support rhino ecology studies and help establish the first rhino sanctuary initiatives. Werikhe walks across five countries in Europe as well as the US, earning him the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize.
EAWLS advocates for a quasi-government institution to run the National Parks and Reserves in Kenya. This leads to the establishment of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to replace the previous and ineffective manager, Wildlife Conservation and Management Department (WCMD)
- EAWLS’s mandate broadens beyond just wildlife research and conservation to include, ‘the sustainable utilisation of the environment and natural resources.’ EAWLS also begins to include public education, advocacy, stakeholders’ participation and capacity building as part of its approach.
- Forest conservation groups request the Society to host the secretariat of the Kenya Forests Working Group (KFWG). This model informed the development of other similar working groups hosted by the Society, including the Kenya Wetlands Forum (KWF) and the Kenya Wildlife Conservation Forum (KWCF) at national level. At the regional level this model was instrumental in the formation of the Tanzania Forests Working Group (TFWG) and Uganda Forests Working Group (UFWG).
To promote the conservation and wise use of the environment and natural resources in East Africa
An East Africa where people enjoy the full diversity, beauty and richness of nature
Public benefit service: We are a public benefit service organization. We provide our services in a manner that respects and promotes the interests and benefits of the general public.
Integrity: We uphold honesty, transparency, reliability and consistency in all our decisions and actions.
Professionalism: We strive to uphold the highest standards of ethical and professional practice in all our decisions and actions.
Equity: We believe that all people have a right to a healthy environment and the fundamental benefits that nature provides. We promote the utilization of the environment and natural resources in a manner that optimizes the rights and benefits of current and future generations.
Participation: Our participatory approach is driven by the belief that all individuals, groups, communities and institutions have a role to play in conserving natural resources and the environment.
Equality: We are an equal opportunity employer with proper regard to the equality of gender, race and age.
ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND SECRETARY TO THE BOARD
Otekat John Emily
The Society works through strong partnerships with national, regional and international partners. Our key partners are:
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)
Kenya Forest Service (KFS)
National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)
Mara Conservation Fund (MCF)
Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT)
Friends of Nairobi National Park (FoNNaP)
Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW)
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA)
Kijabe Environmental Volunteers (KENVO)
Tanzania Natural Resources Forum (TNRF)
Uganda Wildlife Society (UWS)
World Conservation Union (IUCN)
Fauna and Flora International (FFI)
African Journal of Ecology (AJE)