The Grumeti Fund and the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism translocated a breeding nucleus of eastern black rhino from South Africa to Tanzania in an effort to contribute to the saving of this critically endangered species.
The Grumeti Fund is a non-profit organization carrying out wildlife conservation and community development work in the western corridor of the Serengeti ecosystem in Tanzania. Our vision is a world in which people and wildlife live together sustainably, forever.
Today 165 dedicated staff protect, manage and monitor Grumeti’s concessions where the near-barren plains of 15 years ago teem with wildlife once more. Their passion and commitment are driven by a history and led by a mission.
The Grumeti Fund Environmental Education center began in 2009. The program welcomes students from 15 local secondary schools every year. Each group stays in the game reserve for this five-day residential course where they learn about the importance of living a sustainable life and how to be stewards of their nation’s fauna and flora.
In October 2018 the Grumeti Fund held the first ever all-women run across the Serengeti in support of women and girls in Tanzania. This event aims to raise funding for the entire Grumeti Fund Empowerment Program.
The Serengeti Girls Run is an all-women multi-day run across the iconic Serengeti. Women from around the world come together in support of girls in Tanzania. All funds from this event go to the Grumeti Fund women and girls empowerment program.
The Grumeti Fund, in partnership with Tanzanian Wildlife Research Institute, collared 30 elephants this past year. The point of this exercise is reduce human – elephant conflict incidents. With no fence between the protected area and the village, elephants can easily destroy peoples’ crops and damage their livelihoods.
Over the last couple years the Grumeti Fund has been growing our empowerment program. We connect and uplift women and girls in the local communities through a number of projects, including enterprise development, scholarships, lifeskills training and environmental education. We also have specific empowerment events that in 2018 reached over 1,000 girls.
In September the Grumeti Fund collared 18 more elephants, taking the total number of elephants collared in 2018 up to 30. Singita guests joined us for the experience. These philanthropists made the project possible. Being able to track elephants is imperative as human – elephant conflict is one of the biggest issues faced in this area, both for the people and the wildlife living here.
As one of 750 eastern black rhino left, his genetics and ability to contribute to the eastern black rhino population in Tanzania is critical. Eric’s translocation from San Diego to Tanzania is part of a multi-phase black rhino expansion program.
Education is one of the key parts of the Community Outreach Program. The Grumeti Fund Language Camp is growing every year. The camps teach fifth graders how to speak English in a fun and interactive way. This helps them during the transition from primary school (which is taught in Swahili) to secondary school (which is taught in English).
Eric’s journey across the globe is just phase one of a much bigger project to bring eastern black rhino back to the western Serengeti and bolster the species population in Tanzania. Thanks to San Diego Zoo and our Tanzanian government partners.
Anna and Rabiya are from the Serengeti. Supported by the Grumeti Fund to join a girls road trip in South Africa, led by the organization BRAVE, they spent a week learning and engaging with other young women from around the world to develop their inner strength.
In the United States, the Grumeti Fund is a fiscally-sponsored project of the African Community & Conservation Foundation, Inc. (“ACCF”), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Tax-deductible donations to ACCF are granted to the Grumeti Fund to support our work.