Home to outstanding species including lion, leopard, antelope and over 650 types of birds, QENP is connected to Kibale’s southern sector.
In the 1960s, Queen Elizabeth National Park hosted one of the highest levels of large mammal biomass ever measured on earth. The complex ecosystem includes grassland, woodland, open plains with fig and acacia trees, forests and swamps, leading to a great diversity of wildlife.
For generations, people and animals coexisted in a patchwork of farms, villages and wilderness areas. More recently, intense human population growth has disturbed this balance, as it has elsewhere. Both humans and wildlife are struggling to make ends meet.
In 2022, NNF began replication of our programs in Kasenyi, one of 11 fishing villages included within the boundaries of the park when the area was gazetted in 1952.
Kasenyi Village’s 3,521 citizens (and over 1,200 domestic animals) are on the forefront of human-wildlife conflict, especially when it comes to co-existing with lions. NNF’s pilot program was designed to first address the needs of people in Kasenyi, specifically firewood, in order to preserve habitat
and build trust for future initiatives.
It is NNF’s mission to reconcile the needs of the people with the protection of wild spaces. Through leadership, mentoring, education and empowerment, we are re-writing the story of community conservation.