Serengeti Health Initiative

Safeguarding an Ecosystem

The Serengeti ecosystem represents the diversity of Africa's grasslands. Herds of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles sustain themselves on the region's rich vegetation. Predators such as lions and African wild dogs hunt along the savanna. Elephants and rhinos charge over the plains, and crocodiles and hippopotamuses make their home in the waters.

Protected areas, such as Tanzania's Serengeti National Park and Kenya's Maasai Mara National Park, provide a haven for wildlife. Still, habitat loss, climate change, human impact and disease continue to threaten this unparalleled ecosystem.

The Serengeti Health Initiative, led by Lincoln Park Zoo, aims to preserve the region's rich wildlife while also benefiting local people. Incorporating wildlife surveillance, vaccination programs and research on how people, pets and predators interact, this collaborative effort is dedicated to building a better understanding of the Serengeti, one that can keep it healthy and whole.

The accomplishments we have made can be attributed in many ways to people like you who have generously supported our mission.
Donate to the Serengeti Health Initiative

To learn more about supporting special projects at Lincoln Park Zoo, please contact Director of Major Gifts Elizabeth Gillette at 312-742-2332 or

Project Information About the Serengeti

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