Priority Projects


  • The Habitat and Population Science (HAPOS) Program: The modern day conservation challenges are driven by Habitat and Population. The HAPOS program will rely on multi-disciplinary concepts, methods and research tools to Understand, Predict, and Forewarn on threats, risks, and loss of Habitats and Populations. We will collaborate with researchers and institutions to employ multi-parameter tracking technology, modelling, earth observation sciences, and biophysical techniques.
  • The Integrated Wildlife Data (IWD) is our ambitious project towards building big data systems that includes habitats, populations, species, census, distributions, movement patterns, and linked to modern data sources such as earth observation sciences and geospatial tracking devices.
  • REEScovery Programme:The Rare, Endemic and Endangered Recovery Program is one of our flagship research agenda focused on using modern versatile technologies and strategies to build up numbers of three critically endangered species: Roan antelope in Ruma National Park, Sable antelope in Shimba Hills and the Mountain Bongo in Aberdares. We are keen to partner with researchers and institutions on areas of breeding, population monitoring, habitat and health evaluations.
  • Thematic Conservation Approach: This will entail establishing and equipping four (4) Field Research Centres: These centres and sub- centres will be
  • Savanah, Arid and Semi-Arid Ecosystem Centre in Tsavo. It will have six (6) sub-centres based in Maasai Mara, Meru, Nairobi, Nakuru, Ruma and Marsabit;
  • Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Centre in Malindi;
  • Montane/Forest Ecosystem Centre in King’ong’o (Nyeri). It will have one (1) sub-centre based in Kitale; and;
  • Inland Waters and Wetlands Centre in Naivasha. It will have one (1) sub- centre based in Kisumu.

These centres and their sub-centres will be responsible for coordinating and undertaking research based on four the (4) thematic areas. The infrastructure will include office blocks, research laboratories, herbariums, conference halls, exhibition rooms, libraries, and stores, and acquisition of boats and vehicles.


  • Rehabilitation of Research and Training facilities at WRTI headquarters: it involves improving the working conditions by rehabilitating existing research, training and conferences facilities through removal of asbestos roofing and water harvesting and purification; restoration of conveyance systems; feeder roads; ICT infrastructure; upgrading solar energy systems; and fencing.
  • Establishment of the Wildlife Research and Training Institute (WRTI) Complex at Naivasha: Construction of offices, research and innovation laboratory, Conference facilities, Training facilities (lecture halls, ICT & science laboratories, library), Accommodation facilities (guests and students), green energy solutions, water management systems.
  • Streamlining research permitting process and monitoring: It entails enhancing efficiency in research permitting by digitizing research permitting processes and monitoring. It will also involve revising wildlife research authorization guidelines
  • Undertaking curriculum review to facilitate building capacity in wildlife conservation and management
  • Jointly with KWS and stakeholders, identify and undertake research on priority projects

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