Conservation

 

The 350,000 acre Singita Grumeti concessions form a crucial part of the Serengeti ecosystem.  In addition to rejuvenating and preserving the landscape, the Singita Grumeti Fund works with government, local communities and other stakeholders on various conservation projects, ranging from the re-introduction of locally extinct animal species to managing wild fires and reducing the impact of invasive alien plant species

Wildlife Reintroduction Program

The Singita Grumeti Fund has been instrumental in funding, translocating and reintroducing a number of endangered and locally extinct wildlife species to both Grumeti and the wider Serengeti ecosystem.

 

The Grumeti Black Rhino project is a flagship conservation initiative in the region.  The Singita Grumeti Fund is exploring different avenues to acquire additional rhino to accelerate the breeding and expansion program and make a meaningful contribution to rhino conservation in the Serengeti ecosystem.

Two packs of critically endangered African Wild Dogs have been reintroduced, with the most recent release having taken place in February 2016. The Singita Grumeti Fund’s newest reintroduction project involves returning the locally extinct Greater Kudu to Grumeti. Having recently received final government approvals, this exciting conservation initiative is expected to take place in late 2017 subject to funding.

Invasive Alien Plant Species

Alien plant species are harmful to indigenous ecosystems (both plants and animals).  Some of the biggest threats to our concessions and the neighboring regions are Chromolaena (Siam Weed), Opuntia (Prickly Pear), Partheniun (Feverfew), and Tithonia (Mexican Sunflower).  Comprehensive alien invasive species control programs are in place in the concessions and in selected neighboring villages to target and eradicate these exotic species and prevent reseeding.

Rather than relying exclusively on mechanical and chemical clearing methods, the Singita Grumeti Fund, in partnership with Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI,) is pioneering an innovative biological control project to address the widespread Chromolaena infestations.  This involves a gall fly (Cecidocarres connexa), from the plant’s native South America, that utilizes Chromolaena exclusively to the point where growth and propagation are severely curtailed.  If successful, biological control should be a considerably more affordable and sustainable method of controlling Chromolaena infestations in the region.

Managing Wild Fires

Fire is an important part of the Serengeti ecosystem.  It is a naturally occurring phenomenon, and is used as a management tool for the benefit of the habitat and the safety of visitors.  When done at the right time, burning reduces rank standing grass; the grass then puts more energy into its roots leading to grasses which are more palatable for wildlife.  Fire also improves nutrient cycling in the soil, leading to more nutritious forage for wildlife.

Key Accomplishments

1000%
increase in buffalo populations since 2003

8
critically endangered East African black rhino (D.b.michaeli) translocated to the Serengeti