The project explores the use of novel Beehive Fences as a natural elephant deterrent creating a social and economic boost to poverty-stricken rural communities through pollination services and the sustainable harvesting of “Elephant-Friendly Honey”.
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The Ecoexist Project focuses on five key objectives, all designed to address both the immediate conflicts between people and elephants and tackling the major underlying causes of the conflict.
Introducing existing and developing new innovative mitigation techniques to reduce crop raiding by elephants.
Alleviating land use conflicts and elephant corridor protection through informing and facilitating appropriate land use planning, facilitating new agricultural practice and innovation to improve food security
Increasing benefit generation linked to elephants through tourism development and other elephant themed product enterprises.
Improving our knowledge about elephant movements, ecology and drivers of conflict through a interdisciplinary research programme.
Ecoexist has a team of 3 directors, 2 field coordinators, 13 Ecoexist community officers and 10 support staff, 3 interns and 5 PhD students, not to mention all their partners in the community and Government departments. Wearing Ecoexist branded clothing boosts the visibility of the project and supports marketing efforts.
Ecoexist is developing samples and exploring markets for a line of “Elephant Economy” products that will be sourced locally and help generate benefits for people who live with elephants. The products include curios, foods, and other elephant-themed items including:
a) Elephant-friendly farming and veld products e.g. organic millet beer, marula jam, chilli sauce ect.
b) Baskets and other curios with elephant designs.
Human-elephant conflicts are driven by a variety of factors including ideas, beliefs, attitudes and perceptions. For this reason, they have developed strategies aimed at influencing the mindsets – both local and international – about elephants and the possibilities for elephants and people to coexist. We would print the materials for this education in SA and distribute to the Ecoexist team.
Ecoexist has collared 28 elephants in the Okavango Panhandle to explore movements and habitat use. They need to collar at least a further 12 elephants which will enable them to use them as a stand alone study as well as incorporating the data into the larger dataset. Main sponsors would be able to “name” the elephant they collar, and will receive a general quarterly update of the project. The collars would be sourced in SA.
• 12 x Collar @ R55,000 each
• Collaring costs (vet, drugs, helicopter, plane) @ R35,000 per elephant
Ecoexist hosts a Panhandle Cultural Fair to celebrate the people, arts and cultures of the Eastern Okavango Panhandle and uses this cultural Fair as an opportunity to showcase the talents and experiences of people who live with elephants.
The event builds shared identity and positive attitudes about elephants while encouraging new elephant-themed products, thus branding the Panhandle as an elephant-based destination.
Elephants Alive deliver research solutions which acknowledge elephants as an integral part of the ecosystem they occupy. They work towards achieving a greater understanding of the complex relationships that elephants have with each other and their surroundings, including the people with whom they share their world.
To conduct research into how habitat resources, the need for safety and the social presence of other elephants, influence observed patterns in elephant movements.
To understand the abundance, movements and conservation importance of the remaining large tusked bulls within the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP) and to use these flagship individuals as educational tools to address broader conservation concerns.
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Game Rangers International is a Zambian NGO founded in 2008 with the aim to protect the wildlife and support sustainable management of natural resources in Kafue National Park. GRI takes a holistic approach to conservation and development, rooted in the belief that the key to sustainable, long term utilisation of Zambia’s natural wealth is best achieved by ensuring the full participation of its citizens in managing these vital, internationally important ecosystems.
GRI is working with the following areas:
Focuses on rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing wildlife back into the wild. Through the Elephant Orphanage Project they currently support 13 orphaned elephants with rehabilitation for subsequent release back in the wild. The Wildlife Veterinary Project cares for wildlife that has been injured through human activities and the Zambia Primate Project rescues and releases illegally held vervet monkeys and baboons.
Includes field research into areas such as wild elephant populations and elephant behaviour, as well as investigations into the illegal bushmeat trade. The Lusaka Conservation Project also takes part in policy discussions to support the improvements of legislations to protect wildlife and habitats.
Through its education programme, GRI is reaching children and adults in Lusaka and Kafue National Park with conservation and environmental education. The education programme reaches more than 700 students every month, and a weekly conservation radio programme is reaching 60,000 people.
Focuses on improving livelihoods in communities in and around Kafue National Park through the implementation of sustainable natural resource management techniques, mitigation of human-wildlife conflicts as well as community development programmes such as cattle dipping, women’s cooperatives and a mother’s shelter.
GRI works with Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) to strengthen law-enforcement and wildlife protection in Kafue National Park. Kafue Conservation Project is supporting ZAWA’s Anti-Poaching Units with training, equipment and welfare. The Lusaka Conservation Project provides operational support to Lusaka-based intelligence and anti-trafficking efforts.
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The purpose of the Canine Unit is to provide additional wildlife contraband, illegal firearm and ammunition detection capabilities to SLCS, local police and ZAWA law enforcement teams. Dogs have proven themselves irreplaceable across conservation and law enforcement disciplines numerous countries. The South Luangwa Canine Unit dogs are typically deployed for roadblock, village and camp searches where information suggests illegal wildlife products or firearms have been hidden. Currently the dogs are trained on the scents of gunpowder (all types of firearm parts and ammunition), ivory and elephant meat.
Since the middle of November 2014, dogs have been deployed on operations including national park gate-checks, snap roadblocks, multiple day roadblocks, monitoring fishing camps, and night operations based on intelligence gathering. During all night operations multiple suspects were apprehended and illegal firearms confiscated which would have gone undetected if not for the dogs. Elephant products are extremely easy for the dogs to detect and they have had great successes in this area. Over the next year, the aim is to train the dogs to detect a wider matrix of other wildlife species including leopard, lion and other cat species parts.
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Funding is required to assist with the care of the dogs and also facilitation of programs and will be used for:
Wildlife Connection has been working in the village communities surrounding Ruaha National Park, Tanzania, since 2008, to meaningfully engage local people in elephant conservation.
Their mission is to simultaneously improve human livelihoods and promote the conservation of natural resources, particularly the African Elephant.
Wildlife Connection’s projects include: