CONSERVATION & PHILANTHROPY
With wildlife across Africa in massive decline, there is a growing urgency to conserve what remains by raising awareness, and - more crucially - making it pay, by giving it a value. By choosing Alex Hunter Safari’s, each guest will contribute to conservation projects close to Alex’s heart with 5% of the cost of each safari going towards the below carefully chosen organisations.
How do we go about saving wildlife that is already rapidly declining across the world but most alarmingly in Africa?
One of the most effective ways in securing a safe future for endangered species is to not only to educate local communities but also international audiences, to bring in funds and to create employment. Kenya offers long term opportunities for investment and Alex would be happy to guide those interested in knowing more through the various options and challenges it has to offer. Please contact us for further information.
OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY
Ol Pejeta is a 90,000-acre wildlife conservancy located in central Kenya on the Laikipia plateau 230 km north of Nairobi between Mt Kenya and the Aberdare ranges.
Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and is the only place in Kenya with a chimpanzee sanctuary.
The Conservancy works to conserve wildlife, to provide a sanctuary for great apes and to generate income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprises for re-investment in conservation and community development. It is a key conservation area in the wider Laikipia ecosystem and aims to manage sustainable, diverse and healthy wildlife populations in an integrated wildlife and livestock system.
It is also Alex’s home and has been for the last 10 years, from his base here we are able explore nearby conservancies, Mt Kenya and head further north to the conservancies of northern and eastern Kenya.
Established in 2013, the Tsavo Trust works to give local wildlife and communities the right to a future through its three dedicated programmes - Wildlife Conservation Programme, Community Conservancy Program and Animal Welfare Programme.
Alex Hunter Safaris runs trips into both Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks, as well as visiting the surrounding communities so that you are able to see first-hand what is happening on the ground.
NORTHERN RANGELANDS TRUST
Community-led, the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) was established in 2004 in northern Kenya and currently brings together 33 member conservancies. NRT aims to support and empower communities to develop locally-led governance structures, run peace and security programmes, take the lead in natural resource management and manage suitable businesses linked to conservation.
BIG LIFE FOUNDATION
Co-founded by photographer Nick Brandt and award-winning conservationist Richard Bonham in September 2010, Big Life aims to protect two million acres of wilderness in the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem of East Africa.
Alex Hunter Safarisruns bespoke conservation-focused safaris into this region, so you can see "hands on" what is being done and what we need to do...
MOUNT KENYA TRUST
The Mount Kenya Trust was established to highlight and assuage the daily threats to the forests and wildlife on Mount Kenya. Rich biodiversity exists on the doorstep of dense populations and poverty, therefore the threats are both inevitable and complex. The Mount Kenya Trust works in close partnership with the key government agencies charged with the management of Mount Kenya.
With a holistic approach to protecting the integrity of Mount Kenya’s resources involving the local communitty and building the partnership that at the heart of all of our projects, the MKT bring together a range of themes including education and awareness, reforestation, anti-poaching and illegal activity monitoring, human - wildlife conflict mitigation measures and habitat connectivity.
Mount Kenya is very close to Alex's heart, and he leads several expeditions a year to be able to show people what this extraordinary mountain on the Equator has to offer.
"For Rangers are a dedicated group of individuals who are raising money for the welfare of rangers who risk their lives daily to protect Africa’s endangered species." Rather than just tell the story – the For Rangers teams hope that by taking part in some of the hardest, most challenging endurance events on the planet, they can draw attention not only to the plight of Africa’s wildlife and the poaching crisis, but importantly, the hardships and dangers the rangers are exposed to in trying to protect our wildlife - and in doing so, raise funds that go directly to rangers’ welfare, providing life insurance for them to support them and their families should anything happen to them.
The For Rangers team have taken part in some of the world’s toughest ultra-marathons: The Marathon des Sables in Morocco, The Jungle Ultra in Peru, Fire & Ice in Iceland, as well as numerous marathons, half marathons and Tough Mudders. A team has completed the Yukon 1,000 – a 10-day 1000-mile kayak down the Yukon River and another has endured a similar distance over 10 days in the Mongolian Derby. To date over $200,000 has been raised – every cent of which goes to the needs of the Rangers on the frontline of protecting wildlife in Africa.
RETETI ELEPHANT SANCTUARY
Established in 2016, the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary has been set up in the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya.
The sanctuary was designed to rescue and release orphaned and abandoned elephant calves, whilst creating much-needed benefits to the local people that live alongside them.
The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, is the representation of the communities standing up united for wildlife, in recognition of the value that they can cultivate.
Opportunities are being created, livelihoods are improving and wildlife is returning, proving that nature can provide a sustainable economy for the populations that occupy its magnificent ecosystem.