Every two years Maasai men and women gather in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro for the Maasai Olympics. This unique conservation program is a sporting event featuring bouts of athletic endurance, skill, and strategy all with a clear goal in mind…the conservation of lions.
Great Plains Foundation has a long-standing and strong relationship with two communities near our camps: the villages of Seronga and Gudigwa. Both are home to our Foundation projects that focus on skill development and conservation education.
Sustainable conservation is inextricably linked to the communities living among wildlife and protected lands. Without community-supported initiatives, and a focus on the future, lasting conservation legacies are not possible.
Engaging communities in the conservation dialogue can take many forms but creating meaningful and memorable experiences around conservation is what leaves a lasting impact.
The Great Plains Academy is building upon the important relationships Great Plains Conservation and its Foundation have developed to engage local young people and adults in northern Botswana in a variety of programs that provide supplemental education, vocational skills, and scholarships.
Through a relationship with villagers who are members of Ecoexist in Eretsha the Great Plains Foundation is able to bring guests to their Life With Elephants Tour. This has benefited the participating community both financially and through a meaningful cultural exchange with international guests.