About the TBA

Practical, effective and relevant, the Tropical Biology Association is a small non-government organisation with a big impact.

What we do

The TBA builds the capacity of conservation scientists and institutions in tropical regions to manage and safeguard biodiversity, for the long term. We do this by providing tailor-made training and ongoing follow-up support.

Our teams in Nairobi and Cambridge work in partnership with conservation institutes and member organisations in more than 60 countries. The TBA network includes leading universities, research departments, government agencies and non-governmental organisations.


Our history

Established in 1993, the TBA is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee (with no share capital). We have offices in Cambridge (UK) and Nairobi (Kenya).

The TBA is a founder member of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative — a collaboration of leading biodiversity conservation organisations and the University of Cambridge. CCI aims to transform global understanding and secure a sustainable future for all life on Earth.

We are a co-organiser of the Student Conference on Conservation Science — the only annual forum specifically organised for young conservation scientists to deepen their knowledge, share ideas and build networks.

Your impact in Africa especially seems to be truly wonderful. Long may it continue!


Professor Sir Peter Crane, FRS, Dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Professor of Botany, Yale University, Former Director of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


TBA alumni and the institutions we support are making a positive impact in conservation on the ground. Find out more about the impact of TBA.

Find out more about the impact of TBA