TSAVO CONSERVATION GROUP works to secure wilderness areas in Kenya’s iconic Tsavo landscape and beyond, for the benefit of wildlife, habitat and people. We achieve this by implementing our 'Stabilization through Conservation' approach with a focus on innovation, partnership and stewardship.
Applying new thinking to contemporary conservation challenges
In the face of the illegal international wildlife trade and intensifying competition with humans over space and resources, time is running out for many species of fauna and flora on our planet. Meanwhile, widespread poverty and growing insecurity are increasingly destablilizing many parts of the world, a situation which cannot be ignored by global leaders. At TSAVO CONSERVATION GROUP (TsavoCon), we believe that if conservation is to remain on the agenda and become an international priority, then new and different thinking needs to be applied to the complex challenge of securing natural space in our crowded, increasingly volatile modern world. We believe the only way to succeed is by finding strategic solutions, which meet the needs of humans alongside the needs of nature.
A proud day for the twenty anti-poaching ranger recruits from Malkahalaku Community Conservancy in Tsavo, Kenya, as they pass out after three months training at the Kenya Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Academy.
August 2016: A young bull elephant is wounded in the leg by gunshot somewhere in the Taita Ranches. Despite best efforts to treat him, the prognosis is not good...
September 2016: Against the odds, the elephant survived and made a full recovery!
Stabilization through Conservation
By designing and implementing our Stabilization through Conservation (StabilCon) model, TsavoCon seeks to play an instrumental role in protecting and enhancing thriving ecosystems, supporting rich biodiversity and flourishing rural communities. StabilCon is an exportable stabilization model, built on natural resource security and designed to address complex contemporary conservation challenges with a holistic and grounded approach, contributing positively to national and international conservation efforts and integrated sustainable development goals.
A local focus with international reach
TsavoCon’s first StabilCon projects are being implemented in Tsavo, where we are working alongside our community neighbors, local and international partners and a range of governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to establish expansive Community Conservancies. But the StabilCon model also has far reaching potential for application in other rural areas where humans and wildlife coexist, often in competition for space and resources. Ultimately, StabilCon seeks to create an environment, which is conducive to both humans and wildlife, thereby changing this coexistence from one of conflict to one of mutual benefit, while stabilizing vulnerable rural areas from the inside out and creating sustainable, nature-based economic opportunities for the long term.
The interconnected nature of modern conservation
While our main focus remains our field projects in Kenya, at TsavoCon we appreciate that without coordinated intercontinental efforts and international legislative, logistical and financial support, many conservation efforts around the world cannot succeed in the long term. The illegal trade in wildlife products spans the globe, as do the potential repercussions of this illicit trade. Today, wildlife poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking form part of a broader, hybrid threat that includes organized crime, small arms proliferation, insecurity, poverty, exploitation of the weak and vulnerable, and even terrorism. The TsavoCon team works with international decision makers to help raise more support for conservation on the ground in Kenya and to help raise awareness of the threats to regional and international security, biodiversity and stability created by the illegal wildlife trade.