Summer / Fall 2015 

Dear Friends of ACC-US & ACC,

This year marks ACC’s 25th year as a community-based conservation organization and we are proud of our many successes conserving biodiversity in East Africa through the collaborative application of scientific and indigenous knowledge, improved livelihoods and good governance through development of local institutions. It’s been a remarkably productive year so far with new programs, a new website, a new strategic plan and new funding! 
ACC-US, formally known as African Conservation Fund, was set up in 2014 to support ACC and other community-based programs in east Africa including the South Rift Association of Landowners, Lale’enok Resource Centre, Cheli & Peacock Community Trust, Uaso Ngiro Baboon Project and Rebuilding the Pride. This year we launched a new website, led our annual safari to Tanzania, and with the support of foundations and donors helped ACC and friends to raise more than $400,000 for community-based wildlife conservation programs. 
ACC and ACC-US are grateful to all our supporters. Thank you!
Lucy Waruingi — Executive Director, ACC
Carolyn Greene — Executive Director, ACC-US
Dr. William Yancey — Chairman, ACC-US

Borderlands Conservation Initiative Reduces Elephant Poaching

There has been a significant reduction in elephant and lion poaching in areas in which the BCI team has recruited and trained community game scouts. In the last 12 months, 42 poachers have been arrested and elephant poaching cases have dropped from 75 to 34.The BCI program, coordinated by ACC, has emerged as an important platform for collaboration between conservation interests on either side of the border between Tanzania and Kenya. The key functions of the partners in the BCI have been monitoring transboundary wildlife population and conflict mitigation. The working groups are focused on elephants and lions, two species that range across the border and are often in conflict with human communities in the dispersal areas. Program partners are working together to increase community conservation capacity, train new scouts, build new scout stations, and develop rapid response units to quickly activate community game scouts and Kenya Wildlife Service staff when poachers are in an area.

Rebuilding the Pride Collars Four Lions & is Featured in Documentary 

Thanks to ACC supported community conservancies, game scouts and the Rebuilding the Pride (RTP) program, lion numbers in the South Rift have grown from 10 in 2000 to more than 65 by 2014. During that same time, zebra and wildebeest populations, the main prey species for lions, more than doubled to 5,000 animals. The lion densities in conservancies (13 per 100 sq. K) now approach those of Africa’s flagship parks such as Serengeti and Maasai Mara. To rebuild lion prides, prevent lion-related conflicts and encourage coexistence between people and wildlife, RTP uses patrols, careful monitoring of multiple lion prides, and constant communication with communities.

This summer, RTP teamed up with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to collar four South Rift lions with new GPS collars. Collars provide a way for the RTP team to track lions and obtain important data about lion/prey interaction, movement patterns and impacts to livestock. Covering an area of 250 km in 56 hours the RTP team located 35 lions from seven different prides and collared four individuals. Veterinarians conducted health check-ups and attached new collars on Namunayak and Nasha (two lions the RTP team has already been tracking), in addition to collaring a new female (Naserian) and an adult male (Olchoro).
RTP also had the pleasure of hosting Gedoen Production and the French football star Christian Karembeu. The film crew spent ten days following the RTP team and filming the coexistence story for a hosted documentary. Due to air on French TV in September, the documentary will tell the story of how Maasai and lions in the South Rift have continued to coexist.

ACC Wins Bid to Host Biodiversity Information Standards Conference 

The Conference will be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 28th September – 1st October, 2015. The theme of the 2015 meeting will be "Applications, Standards and Capacity Building for Sustaining Global Biodiversity" in recognition of the importance of application of biodiversity data in sustainable development and in sustaining local, regional and global biodiversity. The meeting will feature workshops, invited plenary lectures, contributed talks, software demonstrations, and poster sessions spread over a five-day period. Biodiversity informatics has become a major program for ACC because we need accurate, accessible biodiversity datasets to support decision making processes locally and nationally. For example, having good information about what animals live in an ecosystem and how they use that ecosystem can help community planners avoid expanding a village into an important migratory corridor.  

Dr. David Western Nominated for 2016 Inianapolis Prize

Dr. David Western Named Nominee for 2016 Indianapolis Prize

ACC’s founder, Dr. David Western, is a nominee for the 2016 Indianapolis Prize. Initiated in 2005 by the Indianapolis Zoo, this prize is recognized as the world’s leading award for animal conservation. The Indianapolis Prize is awarded biennially to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to conservation efforts involving an animal species or group of species. In addition to a $250,000 cash award, the winner — selected from among six finalists — receives the Lilly Medal and each of the other five finalists receives $10,000. Finalists will be honored at the next Indianapolis Prize Gala to be held Oct. 15, 2016.

Dr. Western was selected as a nominee for his more than 48 years of pioneering research and community-based conservation strategies in East Africa. He was among the first scientists to recognize the limitations of national parks and investigate how humans and wildlife can coexist. His pioneering community-based conservation work has served as a model for finding a place for wildlife beyond parks around the world, and is at the very core of what we do at ACC & ACC-US.

Dr. David Western Nominated for 2016 Inianapolis Prize

ACC-US Safaris to Tanzania — 2015 & 2016

Another “trip of a lifetime” was enjoyed by ACC-US safari guests earlier this year. ACC-US Chairman, Bill Yancey, and his wife Eva hosted new friends and donors on a photographic safari to the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti in Northern Tanzania. One of the highlights of the trip was viewing the vast migration of wildebeest, zebra and antelope. Our expert hosts and guides made travel fun, easy and safe from the moment guests arrived until the plane left for home. A big thank you to safari goers for supporting ACC-US and ACC conservation programs. For more information about our May 14-27, 2016 safari to Tanzania, please visit our website.

Dr. David Western Nominated for 2016 Inianapolis Prize

ACC Watershed Management

Clean water for communities is critical! In 2012, ACC embarked on a watershed management program and to date we have supported 12 Water Resource Users Associations (WRUA’s). We have worked with communities on capacity building and water conservation, farming and irrigation methods, watershed restoration, spring protection and constructing common water intake systems. This is in addition to livelihood enhancement projects such as bamboo propagation and dairy goat farming. ACC has also helped draw up sub-catchment management plans, and establish and develop constitutions for 2 WRUA platforms: Ewaso Ngiro south and Ewaso Kendong. 

Dr. David Western Nominated for 2016 Inianapolis Prize

New Websites Launched!

In March of this year, ACC-US and ACC launched new websites to provide visitors, supporters, friends and partners with current information about our community-based conservation programs in East Africa.
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Wish List

Please consider supporting our work
with a tax-deductible donation!


$150 - pays for two uniforms and one pair of boots for a Scout

$400 – pays for three GPS units

$450 – pays for a handheld radio with solar panel and charger

$1000 – pays for two binoculars for Game Scouts

$1100 – pays for a motorbike (another $840 provides fuel for year)

$3000 - pays for one community game scout per year in the Amboseli and South Rift areas


$500 - pays for beads and materials for women’s enterprise


$2000 – pays for two digital cameras, an HD video camcorder and accessories to document project impact

$20,000 – pays for general communications/marketing support


$15,500 – pays for communications/marketing support


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