Special Projects

Collaborating closely with other departments the Special Projects function works as a force multiplier across the Grumeti Fund. Introducing new technologies and innovative methods of conservation, anti-poaching and research and monitoring, allows the organization to produce more effective and efficient results and puts the Fund at the forefront of cutting edge conservation.

Established special projects include the canine unit, DAS, reconnaissance drones, covert TrailGuard cameras and the fitting of remote download GPS collars to crop-raiding elephants. Other projects being spearheaded by Special Projects are the Grumeti Fund black rhino expansion program, the re-introduction of Greater kudu and a much-needed aerial support program.

Anti-Poaching Technology

Domain Awareness System (DAS)

Data is instantaneously fed into this database by our conservation, research and monitoring and law enforcement teams operating throughout the property. This data can be accessed on a real-time basis and translated into useful information that enables managers from the relevant Fund departments to make informed management decisions. The real-time application of this database is seen as a game-changer in our efforts to secure the ecological integrity of the western Serengeti.

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Reconnaissance Drone Program

The reconnaissance drone is fitted with photographic recognition software and video capability. The drone will fly on pre-set grids taking video footage. The photographic recognition software is designed to pick up and differentiate potential threats like poachers and cattle from naturally occurring objects like wildlife. If a potential threat is recognized, a short video clip is flagged for the ops room technician to review the footage. Once a threat is verified, the Domain Awareness System (DAS) registers this information in real-time and law enforcement assets are immediately dispatched to deal with the problem.

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Canine Unit

The Grumeti Fund Canine Unit is a dedicated detection and tracking dog unit committed to our ongoing quest to stay one step ahead of poachers. The permanent presence of our four rescue dogs – Tony, DJ, Radar and Popo – and their skilled handlers enhance the Anti-Poaching Department’s ability to apprehend poachers.

The Grumeti Fund envisions using the Canine Unit across the Serengeti ecosystem, in partnership with government organizations and other conservation NGO’s to expand the impact. Ideally, we see the dogs working to deter poachers from entering the protected area altogether.

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Focus Project

The Grumeti Fund is determined to make a meaningful contribution to the repopulation and protection of endangered East African Black Rhino in the Serengeti ecosystem. Working hand-in-hand with our Tanzanian government partners, we are translocating and reintroducing black rhino to their former rangelands in northern Tanzania.

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