Located in the western corridor of the Serengeti ecosystem, a region considered by many to be an international treasure, the 350,000-acre Singita Grumeti concessions are bountiful lands, rich in flora and fauna. Ensuring the continued protection of this pristine wilderness through the Singita Grumeti Fund is essential to the future sustainability of the ancient pilgrimage that defines these lands.
Part of the commitment of the Singita Grumeti Fund is the re-establishment of species that, through human pressure, have become locally extinct in the area in the past. The organisation has been instrumental in funding, translocating and reintroducing a number of endangered and locally extinct wildlife species to both Grumeti and the wider Serengeti ecosystem.
The Grumeti Black Rhino project is a flagship conservation initiative in the region. Black rhino in the Serengeti belong to the critically-endangered East African variety; the rarest of the three subspecies that have so far evaded extinction. Heavily poached historically, and under pressure again today, there are less than 800 of these animals left in the wild. With the arrival of John, a big bull rhino from Ngorongoro, in December 2015 new impetus has been added to our efforts to contribute to the East African Black Rhino expansion program. The Tanzanian government has given high-level approval for two further black rhino cows to be translocated to Grumeti, subject to final security clearances and financing.
A highly social carnivore, African wild dogs are heavily persecuted carnivores, classified as endangered across their range. Tanzania is no exception, and the Singita Grumeti Fund has been instrumental in the release of over 100 of these animals into the Serengeti in recent years, where they have quickly reoccupied their particular hunting niche in the system.
The Singita Grumeti Fund’s newest reintroduction project involves returning the locally extinct Greater Kudu to Grumeti. Subject to final government approvals and funding, this exciting conservation initiative is expected to take place in late 2016 or early 2017.
Want to help? Sustainable tourism is what allows Singita to be able to carry out this important work, and each guest represents a valuable contribution towards conservation measures in the reserve. For guests seeking to make a larger contribution, donations are accepted and welcome. Visit our website for more details.