Conservation of Rubondo National Park as an important ecosystem and appealing tourist destination.
Between 1966 and 1969 Grzimek released zoo animals such as chimpanzees, giraffes, rhinos and Colobus monkeys on this island to prove that they can survive in wilderness. Rubondo National Park has been supported by FZS since 1977. The first project leader was Dr. Markus Borner, now the Head of Africa Programme (FZS), whom Grzimek himself sent to Rubondo in 1977. Under him FZS supported the creation of the infrastructure for the National Park. The increasing population density around the park and the associated intensified use of the lake's natural resources (especially fishing) are causing high pressure on the park. FZS is supporting the new park management in trying to work against this.
- Implementation of the General Management Plan
- Supporting park protection
- Improvement and maintenance of the park´s infrastructure (roads, patrol boats)
- Maintenance of tourist tracks and observation platforms
- Support for park ecologists and monitoring of animal populations