The African Conservation Foundation works to protect Africa’s endangered wildlife and their habitats, by tackling the root causes of biodiversity loss. Founded in 1999, ACF was the first organisation focusing on partnering with and building the capacity of grassroots conservation efforts in the region.

The Problem

The wildlife of sub-Saharan Africa faces unprecedented level of threats from loss and fragmentation of habitat, poaching, hunting, climate change, and population growth to name but some. There has been a steep generational decline to a vast number of species of fauna and flora, and the IUCN Red List demonstrates that many are vulnerable to extinction, including some of the continent’s most iconic species. 

Large conservation organisations have an important role to play, but saving Africa’s wildlife can and will only happen if a robust network of well-functioning local organisations are working deeply within local communities.

Currently, however, there is a significant lack of local organisations with adequate capacity, skills, resources and funding – ACF exists to tackle this core problem.

Our Goal

Our goal is to restore and conserve African wildlife and vulnerable ecosystems i.e savanna, rainforests, mangroves, through fieldwork, capacity building, environmental education and sustainable livelihood development with the communities. We also incorporate geospatial analysis in our projects for informed decision making, wildlife monitoring, anti-poaching and overall improved ecosystem management for the benefit of the African people.

Our Mission


Building local capacity

ACF’s mission is to support and link grassroots conservation initiatives in Africa by building their capacity, developing partnerships and promoting effective communication and co-ordination of conservation efforts. 


Community centred

We help create a collaborative network of self-sustaining community-led conservation initiatives across sub-Saharan Africa.

Our Vision


Restore Africa

Local communities are empowered to effectively restore, conserve and wisely use biodiversity, sustaining a healthy environment delivering benefits essential for all people.


Wildest Africa

We envisage Africa as a continent with large wilderness areas, with core conservation zones and native, abundant wildlife.

Our Impact

Since 1999, our conservation team has:

worked in


African countries and in arid, savanna and rainforest ecosystems

helped set up


protected areas and community forests across Africa



organisations in Eastern, Southern,
North, West and Central Africa



community rangers, NGO staff, students and volunteers

worked with


universities, NGOs, funders and
agencies around the world



ha vulnerable wildlife habitat to halt biodiversity loss

African conservation impact map

Our work supports the following Sustainable Development Goals

Our Approach

ACF’s goal is to support and link African conservation initiatives, groups and NGOs, with the aim of strengthening their capacity, building partnerships and promoting effective communication and co-ordination of conservation efforts. We build local capacity for long term sustainability of projects. We train young African conservationists and provide technical assistance to particularly grassroots organisations in Africa.


The African Conservation Network has won the prestigious Stockholm Challenge Award in 2006 .

Our work is organised around 6 specific objectives

Field Conservation

Developing, conducting and assisting on-the-ground wildlife and habitat conservation projects throughout Africa.

Capacity Building

Providing training, support and technical assistance for conservation groups and NGOs, particularly grassroots, in Africa.


Linking conservation initiatives across the continent, and strengthening the networking capacities of research and conservation groups and NGOs

Community Development

Working together with local communities to increase their capacity to develop sustainable livelihood options that reduce poverty and conserve biodiversity.

Conservation Education

Educating schoolchildren, training teachers, and serving as an educational resource centre for the general public, both within and outside of Africa.


Monitoring and research of Africa’s endangered species and their habitats using innovative technologies such as GPS, P3DM, camera traps and satellite data.

“I am greatly encouraged by the work of the African Conservation Foundation for they are motivated by the idea that nature and our environment are an essential gift that we need to protect for future generations. After all, what would life be without a clean, healthy and sustainable environment?”

His Holiness The Dalai Lama

dalai lama endorsement

ACF uniquely combines capacity building with conservation and their support is critical, as Tanzania continues to struggle to protect their dwindling wildlife and natural resources. 

Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania

ACF’s approach is a very needed and useful contribution to enhancing the capacity of the numerous, and often isolated, conservation initiatives currently taking place in Africa.

Dr. Alan Rodgers

UNDP/GEF East African Cross Borders Biodiversity Project

Since ACF is developing the capacity of African organisations, they will build the future of conservation in Africa.

Joint Environmental and Development Management Action

University of Dar es Salaam

The importance of ACF’s role as a hub is already immeasurable and will become more and more critical, as Africa continues the struggle to protect her dwindling wildlife and natural resources.

African Environmental Film Foundation

We believe the work of the ACF will have far-reaching consequences in preserving Africa’s natural resources for present and future generations.

African Blackwood Conservation Project

ACF provides a most valuable service to local conservation groups, thank you and don’t stop, keep up your good work!

Friends of Ruaha Society

The collaboration between ACF and TAWIRI has been one of the best ways to achieve our joint mission and function in conservation.

Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute

ACF provides a critical capacity building role, in line with their goals to promote education and knowledge about conservation in Africa.
Wildlife Conservation Society

International Membership

ACF is member of a number of international  partnerships and alliances for biodiversity conservation.