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OUR PROJECTS

SAVING THE ENDANGERED GREY CROWNED CRANES

RWCA is using a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to reverse the declining trend of the endangered Grey Crowned Cranes in Rwanda

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BAT RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION

A quarter of all global bat species are known to be threatened due to the loss of foraging habitats and roosts mainly caused by human activities.

YOUTH ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMME

We want young people in Rwanda to understand the importance of wildlife and natural habitats. We aim to inspire the next generation of conservationists in Rwanda.

COMBATTING ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING

Illegal Wildlife Trafficking is a global problem and one that affects us all, we are committed to playing our part to help combat it.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

We work with local communities to encourage local people to take pride in Rwanda’s wildlife. We aim to change attitudes and behaviours towards wildlife and their habitat.

UMUSAMBI VILLAGE

We are in the process of establishing a permanent centre in Kigali where we will care for rescued cranes and welcome visitors to see the work we do.

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GREY CROWNED CRANES REMOVED FROM CAPTIVITY AND REINTRODUCED INTO THE WILD
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INDIGENOUS TREES PLANTED AROUND BUFFER ZONE OF RUGEZI MARSH
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LOCAL LEADERS TRAINED TO INCREASE LAW ENFORCEMENT AROUND KEY CRANE HABITATS

WHAT WE DO

Dr Olivier Nsengimana and the Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association

OUR MISSION TO CONSERVE RWANDAN WILDLIFE

“The mission of our organisation is to provide sustainable solutions to critical wildlife conservation issues in Rwanda and the East African region using a holistic and multi-disciplinary, One Health Approach.”
Dr. Olivier Nsengimana
Founder & Executive Director, RWCA

Our Goals Are Clear

We aim to:

  • Provide a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to critical conservation issues in order to create sustainable solutions
  • Protect wildlife and natural habitats
  • Engage and educate local communities and improve livelihoods
  • Raise awareness of conservation issues
  • Build the capacity of young Rwandese veterinarians and conservationists
  • Disseminate high quality research and evaluation

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OUR TEAM

Dr. Olivier Nsengimana
Founder & Executive Director, RWCA

In 2014, Olivier designed a unique conservation project to abolish the illegal trade of the endangered Grey Crowned Cranes in Rwanda and won the Rolex Award for Enterprise which allowed him to start implementing the work. He established Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association in 2015 to build on the work with Grey Crowned Cranes and expand research and conservation efforts to other endangered and threatened species in Rwanda, and the East African region.

Olivier has been a finalist in the 2016 Tusk Conservation Awards and received the 2017 National Geographic Buffett Award for Leadership in Conservation in Africa. Olivier is a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine and has a Master of Veterinary Science, Conservation Medicine from the University of Edinburgh, UK.

It’s the people that make us great!

A key aim of this organisation is to build capacity of young Rwandan veterinarians and conservationists. Providing them with unique and interesting work experience in wildlife conservation will inspire them to continue and advance the field of wildlife conservation in Rwanda.

Thank you! We couldn’t do it without you

MEET THE WHOLE TEAM!
MEET THE WHOLE TEAM!
2018 WHITLEY AWARD WINNER
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2016 TUSK AWARD FINALIST
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ROLEX YOUNG LAUREATE
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SAVING RWANDA’S ENDANGERED SPECIES, ONE AT A TIME

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2017 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP IN CONSERVATION
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BIRDMAN OF RWANDA

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WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

We are a small organisation and we need your help.

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PATROLS COMPLETED PER YEAR BY OUR RUGEZI MARSH RANGERS
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SCHOOL CHILDREN EDUCATED AND PLEDGED TO PROTECT GREY CROWNED CRANES
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YOUNG RWANDAN CONSERVATIONISTS GIVEN VALUABLE WORK EXPERIENCE

OUR SUPPORTERS

Our project could not happen without the support of kind individuals and organisations who believe in what we are doing. Thank you!

JOIN US!
We are always looking to grow and expand our network in an effort to always put Rwanda’s biodiversity first. You can become a corporate or an individual supporter, please just fill in the contact form below and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

CONTACT US

As a small organisation, RWCA relies on the support of others to spread the word about what we do. You can get involved by talking to friends and family about our work, organising a fundraiser, donating money or useful equipment, or even volunteering with us here in Rwanda.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to find out more.
Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association
PO box 5427
Kigali, Rwanda
Tel: +250 788 387 041