Adopt an Acre for Wildlife


Let’s Keep Conservation Alive

Over the last few months, our world has been exposed to a degree of difficulty that no one could have anticipated. Conservation & Tourism, have been the most affected industries with losses estimated to reach hundreds of billions US$, by the end of this year (UNWTO, 2020).

With 65% of Kenya’s wildlife on private and community land, the need for continued wildlife conservation has never been greater than at this time. Threats such as poaching, animal hunting for bushmeat, land grabbing & development on critical wildlife habitat have surged during this period. With the finance of conservation and protection activities crippled; it’s now up to us to ensure our wildlife and wildlands are protected.

Adopt an Acre Initiative

As the name suggests, an individual is able to adopt an acre(s) of land and hold it in trust for the purpose of wildlife conservation.
For as little as $5, one is able to protect 1 acre of critical land for a whole year. Currently, we have 31 families graciously leasing 2,200 acres of land at the southern side of Nairobi National Park. This area makes up our conservancy, Naretunoi, and the co-operative community members form the Naretunoi Community Conservancy (N.C.C). The conservancy serves as an essential part of the Nairobi National Park ecosystem.

The Wildlife Foundation has engaged the neighboring Maasai community in an innovative wildlife lease program that offers compensation of $5/acre for keeping their lands open. This setup enables the local community to benefit financially from wildlife conservation and preserve their lands for pastoralism. It also resolves the major issue in wildlife conservation (habitat loss) by creating a critical open space for Nairobi National Park species to exist & thrive- a true win-win situation.

With your help, an acre of critical land will be conserved.
It might not seem like much, but 20,000 people put together we’ll have 20,000 acres of protected land at Kenya’s capital.

Adopt and help sustain a healthy, wild Nairobi National Park ecosystem!

Why wait ?


Special thanks to everyone holding land in trust for wildlife conservation. You did this.
Now on to the 1,000 Acre mark we go

COVID19 Conservation Mitigation Program


Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” 

-Gary Snyder

Over the last few months our world has been exposed to a degree of difficulty that no one could have anticipated. Never before has the whole world been forced into a complete standstill, at least not in our lifetime. We have been forced to understand what scientists and medical professionals are yet to fully comprehend, to work separately in a world whose operations are founded on connectivity and integration, and to adapt to ever-changing conditions. Our industry, conservation, and tourism, has been one of the most adversely affected seeing as we rely on people’s physical movement and active presence to make due. United Nations Wildlife Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimates losses in the hundreds of billions in international tourism in this year alone. This has forced us to confront two unavoidable questions, “How do we keep moving forward? And what is our contribution to the current crisis?”

As an organization, we have prided ourselves on protecting Kenya’s magnificent creatures, their critical habitat, and supporting the neighboring Maasai communities, south of Nairobi National Park. This dynamic has been ensured by our conservancy, cooperative community members, and guests that visit our centre all year round. With our financing coming from visitation, the future of the conservancy and cohesion between wildlife and the community hangs in the balance. That’s why we have devised The Wildlife Foundation’s Adopt-an-Acre as our resolve.

Adopt-a-Wildlife Acre Project Overview:

The Wildlife Foundation’s Adopt-a-Wildlife-Acre is a solution to the current crisis that is threatening our natural world and its environs. With 65% of Kenya’s wildlife on private and community land, and Nairobi National Park is the most sought after parcel, there has never been a greater need to protect our own than at this crucial period. Active threats like poaching, land fragmentation & development on key animal corridors, as well as animal hunting out of necessity have surged and we need your help to do what we do best, protect

How Does Adopting Wildlife Acres Work?

For the last two decades we have fairly compensated more than a dozen families who have retired their lands for wildlife conservation. Currently, we have 31 families leasing 2,200 acres of critical land at the southern part of Nairobi National Park. We make 3 yearly payments of $5 an acre in an effort to maintain a mutually beneficial solution for both humans and wildlife. This, coupled with our reactive community rangers, have led to a decline in human-wildlife conflict and rise in sustainable living & animal species in the region.

Zebras and community livestock grazing in Naretunoi Conservancy

Owing to Covid19, our operations’ budget has been slashed by a staggering 70% and this has put a real strain on our work. We understand that certain things take precedence at this time and that is why we’re looking more towards crowdfunding. That $1 dollar could make a real difference in our year’s operations and aid a family in dire need.

We hope that through our proposed budget we’ll not only be able to finance our work, but also support families within our reach. Yes, we do commit to giving back despite not having enough, because we genuinely believe we rise by lifting others.

Fundraising Goal: $50,000

The budget for the Adopt-a-Wildlife Acre will be distributed as follows:

  • 60% of the funds raised will go to the land-lease payments (maintaining the conservancy),
  • 30% will finance community rangers costs and operations on the ground to ensure there are continuous patrol and disbandment of active threats in the region
  • 10% will be allocated towards household provisions and other necessities for vulnerable families.

How you can help:

You can contribute a donation of your choosing through any acceptable medium of payment, be it one-time or recurrent, through the donation button at the bottom of this article. We have designed various incentives and appreciation gifts for  gift donation of any amount. Whether you gift a conservationist, wear the badge of honor yourself, or create a movement around it, we want you to know that your contribution is a part of something bigger.

For your donation;

  • Below $5 we will gift you an appreciation certificate.
  • Of $5 or more, you will get both a certificate and a symbolic land lease title in accordance with our purchasing rules of $5 an acre for a year.
  • Of $100 or more, you will get a certificate, a symbolic land lease title, and great discounts on your stay at TWF Centre. 
  • Of $300 or more you will get a certificate, a symbolic land lease title, firsthand experience of our conservation work in Naretunoi Conservancy;  guided safari walks, installation of predator deterrent lights, camera traps, community engagement and more.

The bigger the donation the more the credit and the value it provides. This is applicable to both individuals and institutions and the credit will be valid for 2 years.


The work we do has a long-term impact on bio-diversity sustainability, and conservation of all life. You are not only contributing to the present but the future good. For that, we, our community, future generations, and existing wildlife, thank you. We hope that through this initiative we can bridge the gap created by the current crisis and employ tenable measures for the continuance of our mission, species and natural resources.



The Wildlife Foundation supports 8 community rangers in the Nairobi National Park Wildlife dispersal area. The rangers work in co-operation with the local communities, the area leadership, KWS rangers and the Kenya Police to come to the aid of local citizens, whenever wild animals become a threat and to stop wildlife poaching in the area.

These rangers are all drawn from the local community and provide valuable community support to conserve wildlife in the areas around the Nairobi National Park eco-system. The areas include Empakasi, Oloosirkon, Sholinke, Olooloitikoshi and Kitengela.

TWF Community Rangers in Manyani.

The programme is currently being funded in partnership with USAID and the rangers have attended the KWS training school at Manyani and are equipped with uniforms and vehicles which include Suzuki 4WD’s and motorcycles.


The Nairobi National park has been facing a number of threats in recent years, when
the park first opened only Nairobi city itself was the only physical barrier that
diverted what was a northward migration towards the Aberdare range and the foot
of Mount Kenya, the erection of fences along the northern perimeter closed that
route. Even with this fencing and eventual loss of a migration route the animals of
Nairobi National park still had another option the south side which allowed the
animals to move freely out of the park.

The availability of a Migration route for the animals of the park is of great
importance for various reasons, the Nairobi national park is home to over forty
lions, Lions are very territorial and need space and the ability to move about without
interfering with other lions territories, the migration of the park animals also
prevents interbreeding and allows for the animals more specifically the herbivores to
find greener pastures during the dry season, keeping the south side unfenced and
undeveloped is what keeps all these paramount movements possible

The south side is facing a great threat from the housing industry and a number of
farmers encroaching on the land if this were to go on it would lead to the eventual
loss of all migration routes for the Nairobi national park migratory animals turning
Nairobi National park into a zoo which would be a devastating loss for Kenya being the
only country with a park right in its city. we would stand to loose as a country a
major economic resource


Laika Mbagathi

Student Intern

The Wildlife Foundation