Mpala Research Centre
Originally part of Mpala Ranch, Mpala Research Centre was founded in 1989 by the then-owner of the land, George Small. George loved visiting Kenya for its wildlife and its people. He wanted to help preserve the land and the wildlife for future generations of Kenyans, partly for their intrinsic cultural value but also because he believed that one of the pillars of Kenya’s economy was wildlife tourism.
George also understood that if the wildlife, and the wild spaces necessary to support it, was to survive the local inhabitants needed to see and benefit from the inherent value of the game. And so it then became important to understand in a comprehensive way the relationships between the indigenous people, their way of life and their traditions, and the wildlife. Thus was born the Mpala Research Centre.
A living laboratory, Mpala is one of the most successful and important facilities of its kind in Africa. Hundreds of researchers from all over the world go there to study and learn how best to promote sustainable relationships between humans and wildlife.