In the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, lies Kenya. Grassy savannas, Rift Valley lakes, and mountain highlands provide habitats for an astounding diversity of flora and fauna, including the Big Five – lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos. The pastoralist Maasai people and other deep-rooted communities call this region home. Kenya’s famed national parks attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Kenya’s biodiversity and traditional cultures are under threat. Ecosystem fragmentation and human development are taking their toll on wildlife populations and depleting the region’s natural resources. Our research here focuses on sustainable conservation approaches that will address these issues and reduce conflict between humans and wildlife.