The East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) came into being in 1961 through a merger of the Kenya and Tanzania Wildlife Societies (both formed in 1956) and wildlife enthusiasts from Uganda. EAWLS was originally registered as a Society and later as a non–governmental organization (NGO) in Kenya under the NGO Act of 1990.
The Society in the 50s
1956-The Kenya and Tanzania Wildlife Societies are formed
The Society in the 60s
1961-EAWLS was founded through a merger of the Kenya and Tanzania Wildlife Societies (both were formed in 1956) and wildlife enthusiasts from Uganda.
1964-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.
1965-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.
The Society in the 70s
1970-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.
The Society in the 80s
1982-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.
1989- 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)