Greater Mara
Rubondo Island



The Greater Mara, located in Kenya, is an extension of the Serengeti plains of Tanzania. Covering the Maasai Mara National Reserve and adjoining Community Conservancies the area is an integral part of the famous Serengeti and Loita migrations of over 2,000,000 wildebeest, 500,000 Thomson’s gazelles, and 250,000 zebras. Rich in wildlife and cultural importance the area is vulnerable to cattle grazing and human population expansion.

Asilia Giving - Projects IN GREATER MARA

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The Justice Ole Keiwua Wildlife Scholarship Fund was established to invest in developing local conservation leaders. Scholarships offered through the fund create an opportunity to recognize, encourage and promote leadership among future wildlife management professionals by supporting their wildlife and conservation-based education. We invite you to make a donation to help fund the further development of conservation leaders in Kenya.


The Ol Koiyaki Guide School Scholarship Fund was established to provide local individuals training that they would otherwise not have access to and that will help them gain employment and income to support their families, promote responsible guiding and tourism, and become wildlife conservation advocates in Kenya. The school serves the dual purpose of equipping locals with the necessary skills and knowledge to find employment and improving the tourism industry by nurturing world-class guides that are leaders in conservation. We invite you to make a donation today to help sponsor promising local individuals and offer them an opportunity to gain an education in conservation.


The Mara Lion Project is a long-term monitoring project in the Greater Mara ecosystem aimed at determining the current status, identifying major threats and mitigating them wherever possible. The data collected includes direct behavioural observation, faecal analysis, genetic analysis, disease screening, radio telemetry, historic data and interviews with herders. It is estimated that there are fewer than 2,000 lions left in Kenya, with an annual net decline of 100 lions. Working with communities this project is designed as science driving conservation.


Located in Kenya adjacent to the Masai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Naboisho Conservancy is a 50,000-acre private conservancy that aims to protect and conserve the unique biological resources and socio-cultural heritage found within the area. We invite you to help ensure the success of the conservancy by making a donation that will support research, projects and initiatives needed on the ground in the greater Mara. Your donation will go to the Asilia Charitable Corporation. The Asilia Charitable Corporation has applied to the U.S. IRS for status as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. That application is pending. When the IRS approves a timely filed exemption application, exempt status is recognized back to the date the organization was created. Thus, while an application is pending, the organization can treat itself as exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3). However, contributors to the organization do not have advance assurance of deductibility because the organization's exemption is pending. If the organization ultimately qualifies for exemption for the period in which the contribution is made, the contribution will be tax-deductible by the US tax paying donors. Alternatively, if the organization ultimately does not qualify for exemption, then the contribution will not be tax deductible.


The global cheetah population is rapidly dwindling. With less than 7,500 individuals left in the wild, cheetah are listed as vulnerable by CITES. The Mara Cheetah Project, led by Dr Femke Broekhuis of Oxford University’s Wildlife Research Unit (WildCRU), was established to study the current status of cheetah and to identify major threats.


Located within the greater Mara area, the Ngosuani Primary School serves some 530 students (300 boys and 230 girls). The 16 teachers are limited in the education they can offer because of insufficient infrastructure, limited classroom supplies (such as chairs, desks, textbooks), but the educators remain dedicated and passionate as they teach the local youth. Asilia collaborates with the One Life to offer concrete educational support to the Ngosuani Primary School through a combination of in-kind support (books, teaching aids, desks) and individual support in the form of scholarships for students.


Ol Kuroto Primary School borders three Mara conservancies, namely, Motorogi, Olare Orok and Naboisho. It’s a small school with a maximum of 85 students and 4 teachers (2 from the government and 2 are financed by the PTA). The school is a single block with 4 classrooms and a teachers’ office. There is a single amenities building to serve both students and teachers. The upper classes have 40 lessons a week while the lower classes have 35. ‘…Education is my daily bread, it can’t erode neither die, it is a permanent investment. Education is a power and success to life…’ - Mr Wilson Ntirra, Head Teacher.


Located within the greater Mara area, the Mbitin Primary School currently has 115 students (65 boys and 50 girls). With 6 fully employed teachers, teaching in the 2 available classrooms the hope is that the students are offered the best education possible. However, the lack of seating and desks, classroom supplies (such as textbooks) and proper facilities (including a laboratory, teachers offices, etc) offer a challenge. Asilia collaborates with the One Life to offer concrete educational support to the Mbitini Primary School through a combination of in-kind support (books, teaching aids, desks) and individual support in the form of scholarships for students.


Working to improve livelihoods and protect nature in some of the most unique corners of Africa. Learn more and support the areas that touch you.

Famous for its giant Baobab trees and vast herds of elephant Tarangire National Park spans 2,850 square kilometers (1,093 square miles). The Tarangire River is a permanent water source that attracts game from surrounding areas resulting in one of the highest densities of wildlife anywhere during the dry season. However, increasing human populations, together with unregulated agricultural expansion is increasingly encroaching into the Tarangire ecosystem. Our support is directed at easing human-wildlife conflict and education as a means of mitigating this.


The Serengeti National Park covers 12,950 sq km and is located between Lake Victoria, Lake Eyasi and the Great Rift Valley in Tanzania. With more than 2 million Wildebeest and 250,000 zebra, the area is home to the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa and supports more than 30 species of large herbivores and some 500 species of birds. Famous for its annual migrations and wide open plains the Serengeti’s future is not assured as many people living on its outskirts survive on pastoralism and poaching and have few alternative means of making a living. Our support is therefore aimed at alleviation.


Rubondo Island is Africa’s largest island national park. Spanning 25,000 hectares the island is located in the southwest corner of Lake Victoria in Tanzania. Recognized as a critical breeding ground for both migratory bird and fish species it has been protected since colonial times and is covered by pristine indigenous sub-tropical forest. It is home to many wildlife species including elephant, chimpanzee, otter, genet, monkey, crocodile, giraffe and hippo. Improving the economic prospects of local villagers and will help secure Rubondo’s future as the wildlife haven it has been for nearly a century.


Located about 25 miles off Tanzania’s coast, Zanzibar is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Over 60 miles long and 20 miles wide, it is known for its sandy beaches, turquoise waters and coral reefs. With a rich history dating back to the 1500s, Zanzibar is a melting pot of cultures. Today its fragile wildlife and marine habitats are threatened by a rapidly growing human population. Our assistance is aimed at educating young people.


Ruaha National Park is the largest in Tanzania. Covering 20,000 square kilometers it is part larger ecosystem (the Greater Rungwa-Kizigo- Muhesi ecosystem of 45,000 square kilometres). Ruaha has a high diversity of plants and animals including a large population of big cats, elephants, buffalos, antelopes. Vulnerable to human population expansion and poaching Asilia’s support is aimed at improving the lives of those people who live around the park.


We take an area approach towards protecting the localities we operate. They are the Greater Mara, the Serengeti, Tarangire, Rubondo Island, Matemwe, and Ruaha.  We look at what it will take to ensure the long-term survival of these areas and we’ve identified two key areas of intervention:  education and conservation


We recognise that we cannot ensure the future existence of these magnificent ecosystems alone - that we need to collaborate with all stakeholders and visionaries, namely, governments, non-governmental organisations, and the private sector, which includes our guests, our staff, local communities and anyone interested in the survival of the land upon which we all depend.