SAVANNAH HUB

Our Savannah Hub comprises 520 combined acres of degraded savannah and intensively farmed land under restoration. It features the most diverse tree nursery in the Maasai Mara, with over 35 indigenous tree species represented.

our savannah hub

is based at the Maa Trust headquarters, bordering Olare Motorogi Conservancy (OMC), Naboisho Conservancy, and the Maasai Mara National Reserve. It is home to an abundance of animals as well as a semi-arid savanna grassland ecosystem, which forms part of a vital buffer zone between the Mara National Reserve and the wildlife dispersal areas surrounding it.

Our seed collection network

is a community-based network that employs local women and youth. Our high-quality seeds are hand-picked from a broad geographic area to ensure genetic diversity. Diverse seed sources help develop resilient trees that are resistant to disease and environmental stressors.

The Most Biodiverse Nursery

Our Savannah hub features the most biodiverse nursery in the Masaai Mara, with over 35 indigenous tree species represented.

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Degraded land

In the Mara ecosystem, land degradation and fragmentation are prolific due to excessive cultivation, human-wildlife conflict, overgrazing, charcoal production, and population growth. Between 1985 and 2016, 62% of woodlands and 56% of grasslands were lost and replaced by homesteads and bare land.

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Climate Change

Between 1980 and 2010, average minimum temperatures in the Mara rose by 9%, and rainfall increased by 3.5%. Rising temperatures and erratic rainfall patterns have led to flash floods, soil erosion, depleted organic matter, and vegetation loss. People have turned to boreholes for their water supply, which continually draw from groundwater sources (aquifers) and lower the region’s water table.

Maa Project Aims

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To restore 28 hectares of degraded savannah habitat (with potential to expand) by planting indigenous trees and shrubs, which will ultimately increase populations of birds, insects, and small mammals.

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To revive natural water cycles by recharging groundwater cycles and improving rainfall patterns in the area, measuring the "cooling effect" associated with the project.

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To establish an area for academic institutions, researchers, and ecologists to conduct scientific study on the impact of restoration on species, microclimates, and soil and water quality.

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To improve attitudes and change the perspective of community members regarding biodiversity conservation by fostering the link between improved livelihoods and community-led conservation.

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To provide opportunities for the Maasai community to showcase their traditional medicinal plant knowledge to visitors.

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To develop a site that could become an invaluable arboretum for rare and endangered tree species indigenous to the Mara ecosystem.