African People & Wildlife Fund (Bernardsville, NJ)


  • Name:Laly Lichtenfeld
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:African People & Wildlife Fund
  • Address:PO Box 624
    Bernardsville, NJ 07924
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:908 642 1540

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  • Mission:
  • The African People & Wildlife Fund (APW) builds the capacity of rural Africans to engage in environmental conservation and sustainable livelihood strategies that promote the dual objectives of biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation. At APW, we emphasize the importance of place-based and community-led initiatives that support the collective management of natural resources for the mutual benefit of people and wildlife.

  • Overview:
  • The African People & Wildlife Fund (APW) works to reverse the rapid decline of the African lion and other large carnivores in Northern Tanzania by developing and implementing conservation solutions in partnership with pastoralist communities. APW develops community capacity to conserve wildlife and habitats in a step-wise process to:
    1) Prevent human-wildlife conflicts,
    2) Build community capacity to manage natural resources,
    3) Support active management by the community, and
    4) Foster local conservation incentives.

    Operating from the Noloholo Environmental Center on the Maasai Steppe, APW’s conservation programs represent long-term projects that engage communities in removing barriers to conservation while empowering them to sustainably manage their landscapes.

    Under the direction of Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld (Yale Ph.D. ’05), and using an evidence-based protocol, APW has made significant achievements for community-driven wildlife conservation, now emulated elsewhere, including:

    1. Preventing Human-Wildlife Conflicts: Over 400 Living Walls (unique, environmentally-friendly, predator-proof livestock corrals) protect 80000 head of livestock nightly and positively impact 7500 people while reducing habitat clearing. Teams of big cat conflict officers help guard livestock at pasture across 2100 mi^2. Livestock depredation has steadily declined, and the lion population is showing signs of recovery. APW leaders recently authored a scientific paper, in press, which demonstrates the conservation impact of predator-proof livestock corrals and scientifically validates this technique for numerous projects across Africa.

    2. Building Community Capacity to Manage Natural Resources: APW’s intensive natural resource management trainings for adults (e.g. rangeland and watershed management, climate adaptation, environmentally-friendly entrepreneurship, and women and the environment) are measurably increasing environmental awareness and action. APW also leads youth environmental education in Tanzania with pioneering environmental camps and a highly competitive scholarship program. 26 Noloholo Environmental Scholars currently receive full, 6-year scholarships to a private secondary school. Meanwhile, 4000 rural students in 8 schools access a wide range of environmental education activities. APW’s staff members, predominantly comprised of local Tanzanians, are also emerging as global conservation leaders and team members have received awards such as the Disney Conservation Hero Award and the Sydney Byers Scholarship. In this way, APW is supporting the next generation of Tanzanian conservationists.

    3. Supporting Active Management by the Community: The wildlife protection activities of our Warriors for Wildlife community scouts are resulting in increasing populations of zebra, impala and dik-dik, as well as a decrease in illegal off-take of bush meat and the illegal harvesting of charcoal. APW’s support of communal natural resource management is increasing land under conservation (perhaps the greatest challenge for big cat conservation). Notable activities include the establishment of the first community watershed conservation area on the Maasai Steppe, and the Noloholo Environmental Small Projects Fund that provides grants for community-led conservation projects.

    4. Fostering Local Conservation Incentives: APW is supporting local conservation enterprises to help communities reap the benefits of their conservation efforts. Projects include a community-owned campsite to encourage wildlife tourism in a manner that ensures rural communities receive direct access to tourism revenue. APW has also completed its second round of micro-grants for women’s environmentally-friendly businesses. Bee-keeping now extends habitat protection around hundreds of APW-supported hives and provides a much-needed source of income for rural Maasai women.

    APW recently shared its innovative model of community-driven conservation with the larger development community as a complimentary member of the Clinton Global Initiative. In its 10th anniversary year, APW plans to focus on extending its Living Walls programs toward the Tanzania-Kenya border (including the renowned Amboseli-West Kilimanjaro ecosystem) via strategic partnerships with local NGOs and to provide additional micro-grants for women-led environmentally-friendly businesses, while continuing to improve its educational and natural resource management programs

  • History:
  • In the last decade, Africa’s big cat populations, in particular those of the African lion (Panthera leo) have declined dramatically outside protected areas. Primary causes of these declines include conflict with humans and the loss of habitat and prey species (Woodroffe 2000; Lichtenfeld 2005; Marker 2005; Riggio et al 2012). In Tanzania, the northern Maasai Steppe (approximately 6,851 mi2) is a critical area for big cat conservation. 82% of the ecosystem is contained on village lands (5,606 mi2) where significant large carnivore populations include the African lion (est. 700+), cheetah (est. 100), endangered African wild dog (Lycaon pictus; est. 70), leopard (Panthera pardus; est. >1,000), spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta; numbers unknown) and striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena; numbers unknown) (IUCN/SSC 2006; IUCN/SSC 2007).

    The small size of the two protected areas (Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks; 1,244 mi2) in this ecosystem places the greatest responsibility for wildlife conservation within the African People & Wildlife Fund’s focal area (approximately 5,400 mi2 including the national parks and 12 adjacent villages). On this land, patterns of seasonal rain across the Steppe create constant movement of prey species – and therefore big cats - in and out of the parks and onto village lands (Woodroffe 2005, Kahurananga and Silkiluwasha 2007). The deep involvement of Maasai communities is integral to conserving big cats and their habitats.

    The African People & Wildlife Fund began in 2001 as the People & Predators Project, a non-profit organization based at Yale University. Originally focused on applied research and the challenges of conserving Africa’s large carnivores, in 2005 the organization made a transition from its research project structure into a broader-reaching non-profit called the People & Predators Fund. At this time, the fund registered as an independent, US 501(c)(3) organization based in New Jersey. The Fund continued with the exciting carnivore conservation activities begun earlier, while expanding its programs in support of integrated conservation and community development. In late 2006, the organization made history in Tanzania when it became the first non-profit to receive land donated by a Maasai village, upon which we built the Noloholo Environmental Center.
    Located within the Maasai Steppe of northern Tanzania and sharing a boundary with Tarangire National Park, the Noloholo Environmental Center acts as our regional headquarters as well as an educational center where rural villagers improve their understanding of the environment and develop hands-on skills in natural resource management. The only one of its kind in northern Tanzania, Noloholo is an important resource for local communities, conservation organizations and government authorities throughout the region.
    Built on a 10 acre campus, the center includes a large educational facility, staff and directors’ offices, a 32 bed dormitory, additional visitors’ accommodations, dining hall and kitchen facilities, staff housing and extra tent sites for student groups. APW runs on 24 hour solar power, donated by the Wildlife Conservation Network’s solar project and additional donors, and features rainwater harvesting.

    In 2008, the organization made its final transition to the African People & Wildlife Fund, reflecting both its expanded mission and its long-term commitment to the African continent. In addition, the Tanzania People & Wildlife Fund (TPW) was registered as an NGO in the United Republic of Tanzania as APW’s first sister organization.

  • Year established:2005
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:7
  • Advisory board size:2
  • Staff size:35


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:20-3153855

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:203153855
  • Organization Name:AFRICAN PEOPLE & WILDLIFE
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% LALLY L LICH
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 624
  • Organization City:BERNARD
  • Organization State:NJ
  • Organization Zip:07924-0624
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):4
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Organization to Prevent Cruelty to Animals
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:September, 2005
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 1969
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:D31
  • Asset Amount:$639,599
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$395,778
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$389,148
  • Last Updated:1/21/2018 11:55:33 pm

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