Meyasi Meshilieck, Director

Meyasi Meshilieck, Director

The Serengeti Preservation Foundation

The Serengeti Preservation Foundation is a locally registered NGO in Tanzania, providing avenues for conservation education and advocacy. We were founded in 2013 in response to rapidly growing threats to protected areas in Tanzania. 

The empowerment and involvement of local people in conservation for sustainable development is a vital tool to for conservation We are doing this through educational programs, radio broadcasting, journalism training, and public advocacy.

Our Mission

 To build local capacity to monitor and impact conservation in Tanzania. To build a strong coalition of support, advocacy, and funding for the Serengeti ecosystem, the people living around it, and adjacent reserves and protected areas. To provide the funding of development programs that help build a model of sustainable tourism and benefits to local people.


Our role

  • Monitor the changing status of conservation in Tanzania
  • Disseminate information to important stakeholders
  • Lead online communications efforts through social media 
  • Identify urgent actions and outreach that is needed
  • Monitor governmental actions that impact conservation

 

  • Develop local networks and partnerships for conservation action
  • Coordinate and monitor local conservation projects
  • Educate stakeholders (business, civic, community, schools, NGO's.)
  • Coordinate and disseminate funds for local projects
  Community & Conservation Radio Program   The Serengeti Preservation Foundation, a Tanzanian NGO, is administering the program in conjunction with a UNESCO sponsored Maasai radio station, Loliondo FM 107.7.  The Director of the Serengeti Preservation Foundation is himself of Maasai culture, as is the manager of the radio station. Programs will be broadcast in both Swahili and Maa languages. SPF states its mission as:  involving the communities by giving them the platform to share the traditional values with modern conservation. It strives to be a two-way dialogue.   Jamii na Uhifadhi, which  means Community and Conservation in Swahili, is broadcast weekly from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on an off-market day. It will then be re-broadcast on another day, totaling eight hours per month.  The program is divided into the following segments:    20 Minutes. Elimu ya Uhifadhi     (Conservation Knowledge)  This segment is pre-recorded in Arusha with support from Tanzania National Parks, and talks about conservation, why it’s important, and benefits of conservation to the community    10 Minutes. Habari za Uhifadhi    (Conservation News)  News of the past week about conservation in Tanzania and globally.    20 Minutes. Maoni, Ushauri na Changamoto     (Listener comments, questions and advice)   Listeners are encouraged to be part of the program: to call, text and email their comments to be aired during the segment. Listeners will be able to address conservation challenges in their communities. Questions will be answered in the next program.    5 Minutes. Je Wajua    (Did You Know?)  This segment will provide general information about wildlife, especially directed at a younger audience.    5 Minutes. Wrap-up   End up the session and invite listeners to the next program.   

Community & Conservation Radio Program

The Serengeti Preservation Foundation, a Tanzanian NGO, is administering the program in conjunction with a UNESCO sponsored Maasai radio station, Loliondo FM 107.7.  The Director of the Serengeti Preservation Foundation is himself of Maasai culture, as is the manager of the radio station. Programs will be broadcast in both Swahili and Maa languages. SPF states its mission as:  involving the communities by giving them the platform to share the traditional values with modern conservation. It strives to be a two-way dialogue.

Jamii na Uhifadhi, which means Community and Conservation in Swahili, is broadcast weekly from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on an off-market day. It will then be re-broadcast on another day, totaling eight hours per month.

The program is divided into the following segments:

20 Minutes. Elimu ya Uhifadhi  (Conservation Knowledge) This segment is pre-recorded in Arusha with support from Tanzania National Parks, and talks about conservation, why it’s important, and benefits of conservation to the community

10 Minutes. Habari za Uhifadhi (Conservation News) News of the past week about conservation in Tanzania and globally.

20 Minutes. Maoni, Ushauri na Changamoto  (Listener comments, questions and advice)  Listeners are encouraged to be part of the program: to call, text and email their comments to be aired during the segment. Listeners will be able to address conservation challenges in their communities. Questions will be answered in the next program.

5 Minutes. Je Wajua (Did You Know?) This segment will provide general information about wildlife, especially directed at a younger audience.

5 Minutes. Wrap-up End up the session and invite listeners to the next program.