African savannas are large landscapes that are characterized by vast grasslands, scattered trees, and seasonal rains. These dynamic biomes support a complex network of life that exists in a careful balance: wet and dry seasons fluctuate, grazing herds interlace with powerful predators, and communities of humans and livestock cohabitate the landscapes alongside a diversity of wildlife. Savannas cover nearly half of the African continent, and they are the vital foundation for extensive food webs and great migrations. Further, local people rely on the savannas’ natural resources: pastoralists depend on healthy grasslands to sustain the health of their livestock, and thus their livelihoods.
We are committed to protect Savanna wildlife and ecosystems. With a focus on community-based conservation, we collaborate to save these, and many other, unique species.
The delicate balance that sustains savannas is at risk: habitat loss and fragmentation, climate change, illegal wildlife trade, human-wildlife conflicts, and emerging diseases intersect on these iconic landscapes to present complex challenges for thriving ecosystems, global health, and sustainable conservation. Resulting species loss and population declines may compromise the resiliency of the ecosystems that remain, and on which human communities depend.
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance seeks to leverage our diverse expertise and community partnerships to better understand and develop solutions to address these threats. We envision savanna landscapes where conservation efforts promote resilient and healthy ecosystems. We also envision landscapes where efforts to restore biodiversity are supported by sound science and effective tools. We strive to meet the complex challenges of savanna conservation with innovative and practical solutions and to convey those approaches to our audiences across the globe.