George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trustelephants


Outreach GAWPT has always wanted to help construct a VTC.  With the great backing and support of the Suzuki Rhino Club, we were able to raise funds from the Suzuki Rhino Club ambassadors, the Watoto Foundation, Wilde Ganzen and the Fentener van Vlissingens.  Noud van Hout of the Watoto Foundation has overseen all the construction of the VTC and this is nearing completion. [more]

Park infrastructure TANAPA very kindly lent us their bulldozer to put in a water pan close to our camp, to be used hopefully by the small elephant herds that move around our camp for many months of the year.  TANAPA have also constructed a water pan in between their HQ and our camp in an area called Norbanda, and this is now used by wildlife, most significantly the small elephant herds. [more]

Wild dogs and Mr BRRRRR The wild dogs are breeding well and we have recently taken a family of 6 wild dogs (3 brothers, 3 sisters) over to the reintroduction compound on the Tsavo / Mkomazi border for release. [more]

Rhinos With the help of Daryll Pleasants of White Paw Training, we have brought in two tracker dogs (Belgian Mallinois breed) to help with the anti-poaching patrols for the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary.  TANAPA are supportive of this and their Chief Park Warden, Ecologist and Veterinary Officers have been here to help advise on this new project.  The tracker dogs are still young and in training and we have had fantastic help with both highly skilled training and the provision of equipment from Daryll and Donna Pleasants.  The tracker dog team also went to Lake Manyara in Tanzania and Ol Pejeta Ranch in Kenya for initial training. [more]

Kora National Park

Kora was the home of George Adamson and Tony Fitzjohn for nearly 20 years. It was recently made into a national park and the trusts have a strong commitment and duty to try to help Kora prosper into the future

At the request of Kenya's then Foreign Minister, and Kenya Wildlife Services, Tony Fitzjohn has conducted several surveys of Kora on behalf of the Kenyan Government and the trusts to try to ascertain what steps need to be taken to continue development and protection of the area. On-site meetings with representatives from the District Offices and Kenya Wildlife Services have taken place, and detailed reports have been written

In the past, Kora was an insecure area. Today, the political will is in place to protect it and Kora is therefore in need of funds for development and long term security. The trusts are assisting the Kenya Wildlife Services Senior Warden of Meru and Kora National Parks on a multi-disciplinary programme of development. This initially includes the rebuilding of George Adamson’s camp to serve as a memorial and a tourist attraction, and the opening up of old road networks and cutting of new road networks. Further plans are in place once these initial tasks are completed.

Tourism could bring in important revenue and a bridge has been built between Meru National Park and Kora - always a dream of George Adamson's - which is helping to put Kora on the map for a new northern tourist circuit.

The mess hut at Kora prior to restoration

Tony has assisted in the siting of a proposed tourist lodge close to the magnificent Tana River

Asako is the main village on Kora's boundaries. George and Tony's loyal and sympathetic neighbours for nearly two decades, it is isolated and virtually forgotten and at the mercy of all too regular shifta bandit attacks. The security of the area is now improving, yet the village is in desperate need of development and assistance. The trusts are funding medical visits and have stocked a small dispensary which has been carried out by the Flying Doctors Service. The trusts have also funded the revival and maintenance of a clean and regular water supply, which is being effected through AMREF (African Medical Research and Education Foundation). Upgrading of housing in the village for a recruited government nurse is another priority.

The trusts are working to maintain and increase their close commitment to Kora and the village of Asako to ensure the further development of this unique, and virtually unspoilt, piece of northern wilderness