Applied Research and Monitoring
The population of African savannah elephants is threatened by poaching for ivory, human-elephant conflict, and habitat loss. According to the African Elephant Status Report, (2007-2016) there has been a decline of approximately 104,000-114,000 elephants in Africa. Therefore, it is important to understand the impact behind the decline while monitoring their ecology, behavior, and interactions with local communities adjacent to protected areas and apply them to curb the long-term challenges of elephant conservation across it’s range.
Enhancing Human -Elephant Coexistence
In Tanzania the conflicts between people and elephant arise when elephant cross farmlands, eat and trampling crops, injure or kill people/livestock and property damage. The competition for resources causes the communities to see elephant as destroyers and murderers. Recognizing that human-elephant conflict is a significant threat upon African elephant, TEF guides local communities to use non-lethal methods to reduce crop losses and diversify local economic livelihood- a win-win solution for both the community by reducing crop-losses and conserving elephants. TEF also organizes conservation educational programmes, providing knowledge about ecological and economic importance of conserving elephants and their natural habitats, thus increasing commitment and positive views of wildlife and conservation.
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