Research and Monitoring
To better understand local ecological systems and measure the effectiveness of community and conservation work, the Grumeti Fund invests significantly in research and monitoring programs.
The aim is to maintain long-term records of changes in key variables – including climate, soil carbon, hydrological variables, vegetation biomass and species composition, controlled management burns, alien species
(livestock and plants), large mammal numbers, large and important bird species, and human-wildlife conflict.
Using state-of-the-art GIS mapping software, the Fund can accurately map everything from wildfires and alien plant infestations to human-wildlife conflict and poaching incidents. This data ensures that only the best evidence-based information guides decision-making. Several projects are aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of the dynamics of wildlife populations, including a focus on predator densities and territories, as well as elephant behaviour and movements.
Research and Innovation
Established in 2020, RISE (Research & Innovation for Serengeti Ecosystem) is an applied research centre in the western Serengeti. Its mission is to create innovative tools and solutions to combat the most pressing conservation challenges of our time.
A fundamental cornerstone of the Grumeti Fund is the belief that conservation programs create opportunities for women and youth that will lead to a future where conservation actions and policies are inclusive and, as a result, contribute to better outcomes for both people and wildlife.
Built on collaboration and education, RISE aims to develop and support research initiatives that provide tangible and sustainable solutions to benefit the people and wildlife of the Serengeti ecosystem and beyond. They are committed to supporting local talent and early-stage conservationists, and making space for women in the conservation research and protected area management.
Research & MonitoringBiodiversity
As the custodian of more than 350,000 acres of the world-renowned Serengeti ecosystem in Tanzania, Singita’s partnership with Grumeti Fund has had a profound impact on the Serengeti ecosystem. The non-profit Grumeti Fund carries out wildlife conservation and community development programs in and around the Singita Grumeti Reserve.
Faced with challenges including uncontrolled illegal hunting, rampant wildfires and spreading strands of invasive alien vegetation when they took over the management of the area in 2003, the Fund dedicated itself to transform severely depleted wildlife numbers into thriving populations once more. Restoring this once barren and highly degraded region to a flourishing wilderness, their successes include the remarkable recovery of many species – including buffalo, wildebeest and elephant populations, and in 2019, the Fund carried out the largest single relocation and reintroduction of 9 critically endangered Eastern Black Rhino.
The non-profit Fund is fiscally independent in its conservation and community project operations. Funds are derived in the form of donations from Singita guests, NGOs and philanthropists seeking to make a lasting contribution to the sustainability of conservation work in Africa.