People We were honoured that the Prime Minister of Tanzania, Hon. Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda and his wife Tunu, were able to take the time to travel to Gonja to lay the foundation stone of the Gonja Mheza Vocational Training Centre (VTC). Also there were Ted van Dam and Dik Dekker of the Suzuki Rhino Club; Anne Kilango Malecela, the MP for Same; the District Commissioner, Herman Kapufi and many other regional, district and town officials. [more]
Rhino and Mr BRRRR The two rhino calves are doing extremely well and we are hopeful that there will be two more births over the next few months. One of our senior rhino trackers has been working with Dr Peter Morkel and Dr Idrissa Chuma in the Serengeti National Park on rhino conservation. Pete was then able to travel to Mkomazi with TANAPA. [more]
Infrastructure We are continuing to work with TANAPA on the road maintenance in the park. The rains are now taking hold so the work that has been done on the main access roads by the Trust’s plant machinery has been timely. We are also working with TANAPA on a big project to develop another large water source in Mkomazi National Park for the elephant herds and other wildlife (oryx, buffalo, zebra, giraffe etc). Elephant numbers continue to be much lower than in previous years, which can only be due to the massive poaching on the Kenya side of the border. [more]
25th anniversary held at the Royal Georgraphical Society On September 25th the trust celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Mkomazi Project with a reception at the Royal Geographical Society in the presence of our patron HRH Princess Michael of Kent and HRH Prince Michael. Some 150 supporters and funders enjoyed the premier of a new film, produced by Jake Thomson, Astrid Harbord and Henry Morley, on Tony Fitzjohn’s life in Africa. That was followed by a stirring speech by Elisaria Nnko, the project’s Operations Manager and the longest serving employee at Mkomazi. Many of those present had met Elisaria in Tanzania over the years so it was a real treat to have him in London and witness the pride he takes in the project. [more]
The George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust was formed in England in 1979 to raise funds for the work being done in the Kora National Park in northern Kenya by George Adamson and his assistant Tony Fitzjohn.
Originally called the Kora Wildlife Preservation Trust, George, in 1988, asked that the name be changed to the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust so that projects could be undertaken that were not confined to Kora. Since then, substantial effort has gone in to the restoration of the Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanzania as well as advice and aid being made available to Kora, when requested, in continuation of Adamson's dream of an Africa with wild and natural areas where animals can remain free.
So far, nearly two million dollars has been invested in this unique undertaking with funds provided by small groups of dedicated individuals as well as the generous backing of corporate sponsors and institutions. In addition, we continue to enjoy the full support of the Tanzanian Government, for whom the Mkomazi Game Reserve remains a National Priority Project. The Mkomazi project now directly employs over 40 Tanzanian personnel. We believe it to be one of the more important wildlife projects in Africa today.
To continue to contribute to this vital science, and the education it provides, we have worked closely with the Royal Geographical Society on their major expeditions to Kora National Park and Mkomazi Game Reserve. We have also had the benefit of the knowledge and expertise of our late chairman, Dr. Keith Eltringham of Cambridge University, who was one of the UK's leading zoological experts and a man who spent many years in the field specializing in the larger mammals and endangered species of Africa.
Our endeavours have been greatly enhanced by the cooperation of the sister trusts whose contact details appear on the contact page