About

Our Mission

Our mission is to contribute to the conservation of the Serengeti ecosystem, its natural landscape, and its wildlife.  To do this we partner with local communities and other stakeholders to build capacity and thereby help them to realize their development aspirations.  We believe that by doing this we can help to create a world in which people and wildlife live together, sustainably, forever.

Our History

Located in the western corridor of the Serengeti ecosystem, a region considered by many to be an international treasure, the Singita Grumeti concessions are bountiful lands, rich in flora and fauna. But they weren’t always this way. At the turn of the century, uncontrolled hunting and rampant poaching had decimated local wildlife populations, in turn plunging the surrounding communities into poverty.

 

Thankfully, in 2002, American philanthropist Paul Tudor Jones made it his personal quest to rehabilitate and restore the Grumeti concessions to their former glory. He established the non-profit Grumeti Fund to begin the mammoth task of rehabilitating the degraded area, and shortly afterwards partnered with the world-renowned Singita safari brand.

 

This far-sighted partnership, combined with an effective management and law enforcement strategy, has helped animal populations rebound dramatically, turning Grumeti into the ultimate conservation success story and one of the most sought-after photographic safari destinations on the continent.

Our Team

The Singita Grumeti Fund employs 180 dedicated staff to protect, manage and monitor Grumeti’s concessions and wildlife.  Thanks to their passion and commitment, the near-barren plains of ten years ago teem with wildlife once more.  In fact, the great herds are once again lingering in this scenically spectacular region during the annual migration, a direct result of our team effectively protecting and re-stabilizing this fragile ecosystem.

Department Heads

Stephen Cunliffe

Executive Director
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Frida Mollel

Community Outreach Program Manager
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Matt Perry

Conservation Manager
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Noel Mbise

Ecologist
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Grant Burden

Head of Special Projects
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Katherine Cunliffe

Senior Technical Advisor for Community Outreach and Sustainability
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Wesley Gold

Law Enforcement Manager
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Ami Seki

Grumeti Relationship Manager
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Beverly Burden

Communications and Sustainability
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Board Members

Mikael Andren

Interim Chairman of the Board
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Walter Kansteiner, III

Director
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Stephen Cunliffe

Executive Director
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Luke Bailes

Director
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Professor Hussein Sosovele

Director
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Dave Stewart

Director
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Lemmy Bartholomew

Company Secretary – current Board representative
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Where We Are Located