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National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) recently included Mpala Research Centre into the list of the institutions that it has registered.

This is in line with the Commission’s main function of accrediting all research institutions in the country as outlined in Section 6(1) of the Science, Technology and Innovation Act 2013

Mpala Research Centre (MRC) lies beneath the shadow of Mt. Kenya, in the heart of central Kenya's Laikipia County. The Centre is a well-respected, international research facility located on the Mpala property.


It is home to nearly 7,000 elephants, the world’s 4th largest African wild dog population, and the globally endangered Grevy’s zebra. These large populations of wildlife mingle alongside herds of livestock as they traverse between private and pastoralist ranches.

The Mpala Research Centre (MRC) receives hundreds of students, educators, and scientists from around the globe each year, conducting research on everything from parasites to elephants. The unique set up of Mpala allows for researchers to use the land as a ‘living laboratory’ in which to conduct experiments and answer pressing questions on conservation and wildlife.

Mpala Research Centre Executive Director – Dr. Dino J. Martins, Ph. D was present to receive the Certificate of Registration from the Director General, NACOSTI – Dr. Moses Rugutt, Ph.D at the NACOSTI Headquarters in Nairobi. Also present during this ceremony was NACOSTI senior management team as well Mpala’s manager in charge of Operations and Finance.