African Journal of Ecology

Cover image for Vol. 53 Issue 4

Edited By: Jon Lovett and Katharine Abernethy

Impact Factor: 0.824

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 119/145 (Ecology)

Online ISSN: 1365-2028

Society Information

Who are we?
The East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) is an organisation whose members are committed to conservation. Founded in 1961, EAWLS incorporates the members of the Wildlife Societies of Kenya and Tanzania, both founded in 1956, along with Ugandan conservation enthusiasts. Together we decry the extinction of both wildlife species and their habitats, fighting off forces that threaten to bring imbalances to our ecosystem.

What do we do?
As a Society we strive to conserve East Africa’s wildlife and wild habitats by:

  • Supporting the National Parks infrastructure and the region’s anti-poaching measures and wildlife sanctuaries.
  • Educating the public on conservation through community initiatives, student outreach programmes, public discussions and the dissemination of conservation materials.
  • Carrying out effective research to enhance the conservation and protection of life in the wild.
  • Translocating endangered species to safer areas.

Why do we do it?
We recognise that:

  • Extinction is forever. Hence conservation is imperative.
  • Earth is our home; so it is our responsibility actively to protect its vital systems that cleanse our water, enrich our soil and purify the air we breathe.

Facts about the Society

Through its members, EAWLS has carried out more than 1,000 conservation projects costing in excess of US$ 2 million. These conservation efforts, with the emphasis on community development, fall under the following programme areas:

  • Species Conservation: the Hirola, Sea Turtle, African Wild Dog, and Barn Owl among others.
  • Forests and Water Catchment Conservation: Farm Forestry, Kenya Forests Working Group (KFWG) – a sub-committee of the EAWLS.
  • Wetlands and Marine Resources Conservation: Mangrove conservation
  • Conservation Education and Eco-tourism programmes form an integral part of Society projects.

For more than 45 years, the Society has been at the forefront of efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats. This has been made possible by the generous support of our many dedicated members. We know that our members are our strength. To them we attribute our successes in conserving among other species, the East African Black Rhino, the African elephant, the Roan antelope and the Hirola.

Why join the Society?

East Africa’s magnificent wildlife and wild habitats now face more threats than ever before. The Society’s powers to intervene are determined by its members, its primary source of funding. Your support will:

  • Help us to identify and address public conservation issues. Since the 1980s, the Society has drawn global attention to the poaching of endangered species in our region.
  • Maintain the Society’s vigorous campaign for a retention of the international ivory trade ban in force since 1989.
  • Help fund new research centres, build fire breaks and establish wildlife sanctuaries such as the Rhino Sanctuaries in the Aberdares and at Ngulia in Tsavo West.
  • Help train young East Africans to play an active role in conservation.

Your membership will:

  • Boost the Society’s status as a respected conservation body representing a wide spectrum of conservation stakeholders, many of whom have initiated conservation programmes in association with the Society.
  • Strengthen the Society’s capacity to embark on campaigns to halt forest excisions that in Kenya have sparked public involvement on an unprecedented scale.
  • Enable the Society to revitalise its information centre, an important data resource for both conservation researchers and the general public.

As an EAWLS member you will enjoy…

  • Access to SWARA, our authoritative and beautifully illustrated quarterly magazine. Each issue is full of interesting, informative, thought-provoking articles on wildlife and conservation topics, with stunning images by renowned photographers.
  • Active participation in conservation programmes initiated by the Society
  • An automatic 10 % discount on all purchases at our EAWLS gift shop in Nairobi.
  • Discounts from selected hotels and tour companies.
  • Access to our library and invitations to the Society’s discussion workshops, lectures, film shows and other activities.

Most importantly, you have the satisfaction of knowing, as a member, that you are conserving wildlife and its habitats for future generations!

Need for an Informed Populace
Think of what can be achieved when people everywhere are made aware of the conservation issues affecting them. Only when people understand the close ties between their actions and the environment can they become responsible for their actions.

Join us in the battle to safeguard our environment and the resources therein.
Play your part in global conservation.

Join the East African Wild Life Society today.

Of the lifelessness
Of our parks
Without wildlife…

…of the threats
to this wildlife’s
very existence…

…of extinction.

Be that voice
Which speaks up
For these lives…

Let us conserve
our wildlife and
its habitats.

The East African Wild Life Society
P.O. Box 20110
Nairobi, KENYA
Phone: +254 2 574 145 or 574 171
Fax: +254 2 570 335