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The Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre is within the Serengeti National Park (SNP) which is about 320 km from Arusha town. The Serengeti National Park lies in northern Tanzania at an altitude ranging from 910 - 1820m a.s.l. and the park covers 14 763 square kilometers . It is one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the world and was accepted by the World Heritage Convention as a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve in 1981. SNP is a one hour flight from Arusha. The Centre has one research station (Endala) that is Located in Lake Manyara National Park about 17 km from the main road.


The Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre is the genesis of all wildlife research in Tanzania, since it is at this centre where first research work was initiated under the Germans 50 years ago. In fact, SWRC was originally known as Serengeti Wildlife Research Institute (SWRI) before the establishment of TAWIRI in 1980. SWRC continuous to be the centre of excellence in wildlife research since it is here where most of the wildlife researchers are based. The Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre is responsible for wildlife research carried out in the Serengeti National Park and surrounding protected areas including Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA), Gurumeti Game Reserve (GGR), Maswa Game Reserve (MGR) Manyara National Park (MNP), Tarangire National Park (TNP), Loliondo Game Controlled Area (LGCA) and Lake Natron Game ControlledArea (LNGCA).


  • A well-equipped wildlife veterinary laboratory
  • A library with publications on wildlife research carried out over 50 years in Tanzania
  • Twenty houses offering abundant accommodation for both local and foreign researchers
  • Communication facilities for networking within and outside Tanzania
  • A museum and herbarium housing many different animal and plants specimens
  • Power supply both in offices and residential houses
  • A mini student hostel which can accommodate 20 students
  • Aircraft for wildlife census