About

Our Mission

Our mission is to contribute to the conservation of the Serengeti ecosystem, its natural landscape, and its wildlife.  To do this we partner with local communities and other stakeholders to build capacity and thereby help them to realize their development aspirations.  We believe that by doing this we can help to create a world in which people and wildlife live together, sustainably, forever.

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Our History

Located in the western corridor of the Serengeti ecosystem, a region considered by many to be an international treasure, the Grumeti concessions are bountiful lands, rich in flora and fauna. But they weren’t always this way. At the turn of the century, uncontrolled hunting and rampant poaching had decimated local wildlife populations, in turn plunging the surrounding communities into poverty.

 

Thankfully, in 2002, American philanthropist Paul Tudor Jones made it his personal quest to rehabilitate and restore the Grumeti concessions to their former glory. He established the non-profit Grumeti Fund to begin the mammoth task of rehabilitating the degraded area, and shortly afterwards partnered with the world-renowned Singita safari brand.

 

This far-sighted partnership, combined with an effective management and law enforcement strategy, has helped animal populations rebound dramatically, turning Grumeti into the ultimate conservation success story and one of the most sought-after photographic safari destinations on the continent.

Our Team

The Grumeti Fund employs 165 dedicated staff to protect, manage and monitor Grumeti’s concessions and wildlife.  Thanks to their passion and commitment, the near-barren plains of ten years ago teem with wildlife once more.  In fact, the great herds are once again lingering in this scenically spectacular region during the annual migration, a direct result of our team effectively protecting and re-stabilizing this fragile ecosystem.

Department Heads

Stephen Cunliffe

Executive Director
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Frida Mollel

Community Outreach Program Manager
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Matt Perry

Conservation Manager
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Noel Mbise

Ecologist
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Grant Burden

Head of Special Projects
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Katherine Cunliffe

Senior Technical Advisor for Community Outreach and Sustainability
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Wesley Gold

Law Enforcement Manager
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Ami Seki

Grumeti Relationship Manager
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Beverly Burden

Communications and Sustainability
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Board Members

Mikael Andren

Chairman of the Board
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Stephen Cunliffe

Executive Director
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Lisa Kaae

Observer
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Professor Hussein Sosovele

Director
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Walter Kansteiner, III

Director
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Dave Stewart

Director
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Kent Greenawalt

Observer
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Lemmy Bartholomew

Company Secretary
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Anders Povlsen

Director
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Partnerships

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Singita

“Singita is a conservation brand that has been preserving African wilderness for the past 25 years, offering guests an exceptional safari experience with 12 luxury, award-winning lodges and camps across five regions in Africa.  In partnership with non-profit funds and trusts who implement strategic conservation projects in each region, Singita is preserving and protecting pristine land and wildlife populations, and helping to create economic independence within local communities surrounding the reserves.”

Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority

“Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority’s mission is to conserve and sustainably utilize wildlife resources in protected areas. For this, TAWA collaborates with local communities and other national and international stakeholders so that present and future generations of Tanzanians, as well as the global community can benefit.”

African Conservation and Community Foundation

“African Conservation and Community Foundation’s mission is to contribute to the preservation of wilderness areas, as well as to empower the communities living alongside these spaces, contributing to a world in which people and wildlife live together, sustainably, forever.”

Where We Are Located