AET Overview

Safeguarding over 1.3 million acres of the Amboseli Ecosystem

Amboseli Ecosystem Trust (AET) is a not-for-profit umbrella organization that brings together the local community, governmental, conservation and developmental stakeholders in the Amboseli Ecosystem to drive collective action and innovative collaborations for the wellbeing of the people, wildlife and habitats of the ecosystem.

Recognized as a Unesco Man and Biosphere Reserve, the Amboseli Ecosystem covers over 1.3 million acres of land in Kajiado County, Kenya.

The ecosystem includes crucial wildlife corridors and dispersal areas; the country’s first community-owned wildlife sanctuary: Kimana Community Wildlife Sanctuary; and one of Kenya’s premier parks: Amboseli National Park.

AET was initially founded to oversee the execution of the groundbreaking Amboseli Ecosystem Management Plan (AEMP) 2008–18, the first ecosystem-wide management plan in the country.

The organization has since evolved to spearhead the development of the subsequent 10-year AEMP 2020–30 that integrates the land use of the key geographic units of the Amboseli Ecosystem: the Amboseli National Park and the six Amboseli Group Ranches.


To secure intact and healthy landscapes that support local livelihoods and conservation.


A healthy and thriving Amboseli Ecosystem with intact landscapes that link community livelihoods and wildlife conservation.

Amboseli Ecosystem Trust
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Our Core Values

AET is able to unite the dynamic conservation actors across the Amboseli Ecosystem for the benefit of all by embracing our diversity and guided by our shared set of values.

  • Collaboration: We foster an inclusive culture where communities, government, and other ecosystem partners are mutually engaged.
  • Transparency: We act with integrity and strive to be accessible, open and accountable to the different stakeholders we serve.
  • Equality: We endeavour to create a just society where opportunities, diverse views and backgrounds are respected and promoted.
  • Dynamism: We incorporate both local knowledge and scientific expertise, ensuring we are continuously learning, adapting and evolving.
  • Advocacy: We honour the voices of the people of the Amboseli Ecosystem and diligently work to represent them and the landscape they live in.
  • Fairness: We believe in due process and the rights of people and nature and thus work towards a more just and sustainable coexistence for both, free from discrimination or favouritism.

Our History

A story of pioneering collaboration for improved livelihoods and sustainable conservation