Updates from the Field

A Rhino Love Story

It’s Valentine’s Day and the thing we are most in love with at the moment is a very sweet black rhino calf named Zaituni (Kiswahili for Olive).  Zaituni actually came to us in late November, after having been rescued by Tanzania National Parks, when she

The Year Ahead

Tackling and solving the concurrent challenges of rural poverty and ecosystem degradation is an extremely difficult undertaking. News outlets, social media platforms, thought leaders and politicians all talk about the importance of protecting our natural world and uplifting rural populations from poverty.  These promising-sounding words emanate

On Imparting Environmental Awareness to Youth

Since its inception in 2009, the Grumeti Fund Environmental Education Center (EEC) has seen over 5,000 students and teachers come through its open-air classroom.  One extraordinary man, Laurian Lamatus, has run this center with unwavering enthusiasm – for the environment, for girl’s empowerment, for changing

Women in the Field

November marked the beginning of our first Women in the Field (WIF) program. This three-week program is an initiative of the Grumeti Fund’s Research and Innovation for the Serengeti Ecosystem (RISE). The program aims to support Tanzanian women with an interest in the conservation sector

Rhinos Released

We are excited to share with you that the remaining rhino, who were being cared for in enclosures since their arrival from South Africa in September, are now roaming freely! Over the last two days the six critically endangered eastern black rhino, which include four

Have you ever seen an elephant cry?

A call comes in. An 18-month-old elephant calf has a snare caught on her leg. We run to the rescue as fast as we can and the vet quickly tranquilizes her so that we can proceed to remove the wire trap. Despite our good intentions,

Tuko Pamoja! We are together!

"Msichana hodari ninajitambua, ninajiamini nina ndoto kubwa.  Msichana onesha uwezo wako."  "A strong girl, I know myself, I believe in myself, I have big dreams.  Girl, show your strength." This was the chorus of the weekend for Grumeti Fund's Community Outreach Program (COP) girls’ empowerment sessions. Over 1600 Secondary

A Year of Rhino

Two years ago, the Grumeti Fund made a commitment to bring black rhino back to the Serengeti ecosystem with the goal of bolstering the Tanzanian rhino population and stimulating the local gene pool. Shortly after the project began, we received a call from San Diego