It saw the establishment of the first rhino sanctuary in the country in 1987. Since then, the programme has contributed to the establishment of species conservation areas, policy formulation, species protection and conservation.
The programme works very closely with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), which is the legally mandated national institution in wildlife conservation and management in the country.
This well-established partnership has seen WWF’s investment in wildlife conservation and management in the country grow across various areas including (but not limited to) technical and human resource capacity building, biological species management, support in policy development and implementation and habitat management.
With the escalating global poaching crisis, investments have also been made in new areas including judicial and prosecutorial training on the scope and intricacy of wildlife crime, including scene of crime management.
WWF-Kenya has also worked closely with local communities in mitigating against human-wildlife conflict, and in habitat management.
The programme focuses on WWF global flagship species: African elephant (Loxodonta Africana), black rhino (Diceros bicornis michaeli) and marine turtles (Chelonia mydas, Eretmochelys imbricate and Lepidochelys olivacea), as well as the WWF global footprint impacted species tuna.