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Great Plains Foundation

non-profit organization
HQ: Jupiter, FL USA
Work focused on Kenya, Botswana, and Zimbabwe

The Great Plains Foundation is a US 501(c)3 organization with a mission is to conserve and expand natural habitats in Africa through innovative conservation initiatives with a long-term commitment to the environment, wildlife, and local communities. The Foundation works in parallel with the conservation-tourism parent company, Great Plains Conservation, to realize this mission through conservation education programs, community initiatives, and wildlife and environmental stewardship in Botswana, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. All of the Great Plains Foundation activities are supported by charitable and in-kind donations.

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Our Story

The story of Great Plains Conservation and its Foundation has its roots in the earliest days of conservation; when the idea of protecting pristine wilderness was recognized as a public good. From those early models of conservation came the notion that to truly protect wilderness the entire ecosystem needed to be preserved.  It is this approach, maintaining and when necessary restoring, functioning ecosystems that guides Great Plains Conservation and its Foundation.

Founded as a hybrid organization, with both commercial and charitable arms, Great Plains Conservation and its Foundation are to securing African landscapes of a scale large enough to also protect its resident and seasonal wildlife populations. In that effort, we identify and select key areas that are under threat, often next to national parks, World Heritage Sites, and reserves, and acquire the rights to convert that land to protected areas with economic benefits. For example, we convert hunting land or agricultural land to wildlife conservation supported by photographic tourism. Our collection of world-class safari camps are also global leaders in sustainability, demonstrating that commercial operations can positively benefit landscapes when done correctly.

Great Plains and its Foundation currently manage approximately 1,000,000 acres with plans to expand to 5,000,000 acres across a variety of fragile landscapes.

Current Projects

▸ Wildlife

Rhinos Without Borders

Great Plains Conservation has committed alongside industry partner andBeyond to undertake a relocation of rhinos on a magnitude never done before – to relocate no less than 100 rhino from South Africa to safe havens in Botswana.

Traditional Herding Workshops

Humans and wildlife have coexisted for millennia in Botswana’s Okavango Delta region. Over the generations, unique cultural adaptations were developed to address the competing interests of wild animal populations and domesticated livestock.

Maasai Olympics

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.

▸ Landscapes

Conservation Roots

The Great Plains Foundation is on a mission to restore ecosystems. Through Conservation Roots the Great Plains Foundation is partnering with local communities to restore indigenous trees to landscapes across Kenya, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.

Sapi Restoration

In Zimbabwe, the Great Plains Foundation is securing an extensive section of the fragile, depleted landscape that is an essential piece of the larger Middle Zambezi Biosphere Reserve and the Mana-Sapi-Chewore Unesco World Heritage Site.

▸ Community

Maasai Olympics

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.

Solar Laterns

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.

Student Conservation Camps

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.

Conservation Goals

Engaging communities in the conservation dialogue can take many forms but creating meaningful and memorable experiences around conservation is what leaves a lasting impact.

Great Plains Academy

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.

Life With Elephants

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.

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Fundraising Goal: $20,000

GPF hopes to raise funds to continue needed support to their conservation initiatives to protect wildlife, landscapes and communities.  
 

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Field Locations

Kenya, Botswana, and Zimbabwe

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Snapshot of GPF Work