The College was established by an Act of Parliament called “The College of African Wildlife Management Act, 1964”. The Act provided for the creation of the Governing Body responsible for supervising the College. The composition of the original Governing Body was evidently regional in that all the three East African states (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) were represented. They have ever since remained active members of the Governing Body of the College. East African Common Services
Organizations (EACSO) and the University of East Africa were also represented. The World Conservation Union (IUCN) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have also been members since the College’s establishment. Others who have been members of the Governing Body, at different tenures include UNDP/FAO, Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS), East African Community (EAC), its membership ceased with the death of the organization in 1977, African Wildlife Leadership Foundation (AWLF) and the Organization of African Unity (OAU).