Our Tanzanian Partners
Gasto Raphael Mahoo has served as Wild Nature Institute’s intrepid field assistant since May of 2012. He drives long hours through mud, dust, heat, and tsetse flies helping us to survey for hoofed mammals in our study area, and assists us in communicating with local Masai villagers. Gasto was born and raised in Arusha, Tanzania and speaks fluent Maa, Chagga, Swahili, and English.
PAMS Foundation works to protect elephants and giraffes in the Tarangire Ecosystem. This work includes: facilitating regular ranger foot patrols and aerial patrols; training and better equipping rangers and scouts to provide improved surveillance and anti-poaching rapid response, and to improve prosecution success; and providing support to local communities in the Tarangire Ecosystem through environmental education. Wild Nature Institute assists PAMS by monitoring wildlife populations to determine whether their resource-protection efforts are effective.
Inyuat e MAA, popularly known as MAA, is a 20-year old membership-based organization, with active individual members throughout the northern Tanzanian rangelands. Their mission is to promote sustainable livelihoods and environmental health. MAA’s Jacob Porokwa and Enock Chengullah have extensive experience working with indigenous communities by assisting them to diversify their livelihood means and preserve the environment. MAA assists Wild Nature Institute with community organizing for conservation, including distributing our mulit-lingual children’s books to rural schools in the Tarangire Ecosystem, coordinating village-level Environmental Forums, and recording Masai traditional ecological knowledge.
The Tarangire Lion Project is led by Dr. Bernard Kisssui. Dr. Kissui and his research team monitor the lions that live in and around Tarangire National Park, to better understand the causes, patterns, and impacts of human-lion conflicts related to livestock predation in pastoral communities. The project works with these communities to implement conflict mitigation measures. Dr. Kissui is a collaborative research partner with Wild Nature Institute, sharing data on lion locations to examine the relationship between natural lion predation and survival of giraffe calves.