Through the Wildlife Warrior Scholarship, I can be educated, conserve wildlife and fulfil my dream of becoming a Senior Warden.
– Doreen, 16
The Wildlife Warrior Program is designed to promote inter-generational knowledge sharing, innovative thinking, and proactive wildlife conservation. The ultimate aim of the program is to take its top conservation scholars to tertiary level of education. Every day, the program is helping to develop a generation of East Africa’s conservationists. These youngsters, like Doreen, were born and bred in key wildlife areas. It is their ambition to lead the nation forward with passion, so more people can understand and appreciate the importance of wildlife conservation and tourism.
Communities are far more likely to protect wildlife if they can benefit directly from tourism. Based on this principle, we have been committed to providing tangible benefits to communities for over 30 years.
The Wildlife Warrior Program combines these efforts with our mission to educate the next generation of conservationists in East Africa. Evidence shows that programs like these positively impact young people, their communities and ecology. Since its launch in 2014, the Wildlife Warrior Program has already worked with over 2,000 children living in prominent wildlife areas.
Each school term, local conservationists and property guides deliver inspirational talks to our Wildlife Warriors. This provides them with content for poetry, trivia and poster competitions, foster their growing interest and passion for conservation, as well as their competitive spirit! Prize winners are then rewarded with guided game drives and tours of our properties in Kenya and Tanzania.
Every year, the Wildlife Warrior Program provides school scholarships to outstanding young conservationists. These youngsters are brought together for a three-day interactive retreat to broaden their awareness of the challenges and successes of conservation on a national level.