Friends of Conservation – Friends of the Masai Mara

Fosters environmental stewardship in Kenya’s renowned Masai Mara– home to endangered elephants, lions, rhinos– as partners with the Maasai people to preserve this global treasure and ensure their communities continue to benefit from their natural heritage.

In every part of the world, climate change is having devastating long-term impacts, threatening the future of wildlife and displacing ecosystems. The Greater Masai Mara Region of Kenya is no exception. Last year, tidal waves of drought swept through the area, before the long-delayed rains finally arrived.

The Masai Mara region is the Kenyan portion of the world-renowned Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem, which spans the Kenya-Tanzania border. Each year, the Great Migration, one of the most eagerly awaited wildlife spectacles on Earth, occurs there and in the northern Serengeti. The area is also a valuable resource for the Maasai people, who have inhabited the region for centuries.

Friends of Conservation works to protect and conserve this area. We work with local partners to support traditional and sustainable ways of living in harmony with the environment, and to promote climate change solutions, conservation, and health initiatives in local communities. For example, we work hand-in-hand with the Maasai people to reforest land that has been degraded, to restore natural habitat, and to develop energy options that reduce the use of forest resources. Each year, we engage more than half of the region’s 10,000 students in environmental programs, through Conservation Clubs in schools. In addition, our Mobile Education Unit brings the message of conservation to remote regions, reaching some of the more than 50 percent of Maasai children who do not attend school.

Contact Information

Friends of Conservation
465 West Dominion Dr Suite 202
Wood Dale, IL 60191
T: (630) 863-7011
F: (630) 288-4601

Financial Information

Friends of Conservation—Friends of the Masai Mara is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization. Click below to view our most recent independent audit and IRS Form 990.

Photo banner: FOC’s grassroots conservation projects assist the people of Africa to manage habitat and wildlife as a sustainable natural resource.
Photo right: FOC helps women’s groups build on traditional skills to provide a sustainable source of income for themselves and their families.

Donate Now to Friends of Conservation — Friends of the Masai Mara


  • $25 will provide pencils and notebooks to fifty Conservation Clubs, allowing students to record and describe environmental activities.
  • $50 will purchase materials for seven beehives, so local women’s groups can earn income from traditional foodstuffs and so preserve forest resources.
  • $100 will equip a Maasai scout who patrols to remove the cruel snares of the illegal bush meat trade, which is decimating wildlife populations.
  • $250 will sponsor 20 Maasai children on a nature-based field trip to experience, as visitors on safari do, the wildlife and habitat that is their natural heritage.
  • $500 will supply 1,500 indigenous seedlings for households, schools, and communities.
  • $1,000 will equip a community tree nursery with tools, a water system, shade netting, nursery materials, seedlings, and indigenous tree seeds.
  • $5,000 will provide materials and labor to set up a biogas plant to convert animal waste into clean, useable energy.

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P.O. Box 8734
Topeka, KS 66608

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