Increased knowledge on wildlife conservation especially for the communities living adjacent to Protected Areas, hence we provide education and outreach programs.
One of our management strategies in mitigating and preventing human-elephant conflicts is the dissemination of information on elephant conservation and it’s surroundings. Once every month TEF runs educational programs for school children (both elementary and secondary level) living within communities we have established beehive fences, in efforts to implant the next generation with positive perspectives and dedication towards elephant conservation. Through organized curriculum, with the aid of prepared contents, comic books, and elephant themed activities like arts and park visits we educate the youth about elephant behavior, biology, ecology, social-economic importance, and how to stay safe when they come across elephants while encouraging them to use their artistic skills, such as sketching, handicraft and even poetry, to further conservation initiatives.
In advocacy for elephant’s survival, TEF also holds village meetings and communal festivals involving traditional dances, songs, food and even football matches bringing people together sharing knowledge on long term coexistence strategies with its consequential benefits. This is also accompanied with our social media campaign known as lives with elephant (Maisha na Tembo) all in aim to create conservation ambassadors at a larger scale.