These wild creatures, amid the wild places they inhabit, are not only important as a source of wonder and inspiration, but are an integral part of our natural resources and our future livelihood and well-being.’’
That was Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere’s stand when underscoring the importance of protecting and conserving wild animals in the Arusha manifesto of 1961, when Tanzania was still a young nation.
The Grumeti group of companies continues to support and honour Mwalimu Nyerere by supporting wildlife conservation and local development in the Serengeti ecosystem.
For over 15 years, Grumeti Fund has made significant contribution to the sustainability of the Ikorongo Grumeti Game Reserve which borders the Serengeti National Park in Western Serengeti. The game reserve and the neighbouring Ikona Wildlife Management Area (WMA) form an integral part of the Serengeti ecosystem, which is part of the annual migration of the wildebeest corridor.
The collaboration with Grumeti Fund and government partners Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA), Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) and Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) has fostered great conservation practices which can be seen with the increase in wildlife in these areas.
Besides investing heavily on conservation and tourism programmes, the Grumeti group of companies also supports community development in more than 20 rural villages with local communities who in the past relied on poaching a source of livelihood.
With education and time, these same communities are slowly realizing the importance of wildlife conservation.
Mwalimu Nyerere would have been proud if he would have been alive today to see continued support that Tanzania is getting from truly wildlife conservation partners.
"In accepting the trusteeship of our wildlife we solemnly declare that we will do everything in our power to make sure that our children’s grand-children will be able to enjoy this rich and precious inheritance."