Conservation

The once idyllic environment of Tanzania is actually threatened by many dangerous impacts. Seemingly blessed with an endless supply of natural treasures, it is plundered, destroyed and neglected. Uncontrolled cutting of timber, desertification, overgrazing and agricultural monocultures are caused by humans. An invasive inquiry for ivory for the Asian market targets the extinction of Tanzania’s last elephants. Due to the increase of human population and domestic animals in the Maasai Steppe, more and more conflicts between the Maasai and lions occur, which often end in the lions’ death.

The MomellaFoundation runs different conservation projects in the Momella region and the Maasai Steppe. The Momella Conservancy Project endeavours to save the highly endangered Ngare Nanyuki (=red river) ecosystem with its swamps, rainforest, steppe and lakes which is not only essential for the typical and unique Flora and Fauna, but also as the main water resource – for Arusha and many other densely populated areas. The water that comes from Mt. Meru and collects at the Momella Lakes and swamps has a threatened lifeline. One of Tanzania’s most beautiful regions, with its enormous water supply providing habitat for the flora and fauna and hosting Hatari Lodge should have high tourism potential in addition to having fertile, arable lands. That's why we focus on a declaration of the region as Conservancy Area.

The Shu'mata Educational Program acts in the Maasai Steppe where our Shu'mata camp is situated. Together with international partners we employ Maasai warriors as Lion Guardians to record and to save the highly endangered migration corridors of the lions in the Maasai Steppe. In our Sparkling Elephant Project together with 750 children from the Sinya Boarding School we set up a life-size elephant made of iron and glass beads near the village of Sinya in order to create awareness of the dramatic decline of the elephant population throughout Africa in general and especially in the Maasai Steppe. Accompanied by various lectures we educate the future decision makers of Tanzania with emerging conservation issues.