Reducing Human-Wildlife Conflict, Tarangire & Ruaha
African People and Wildlife
Every day, lions and other large carnivores are killed as their habitats collide with expanding human communities. This is why African People and Wildlife have implemented ways to reduce human-wildlife conflict through innovative solutions that balance science and technology with traditional knowledge. There are three main projects they run in order to do so, and your donations will ultimately help each of these projects to succeed.
The first being the “Living Walls” which are environmentally friendly corrals that keep livestock safe from predators. To build a Living Wall, community members plant a circle of trees that serve as posts for chain-link fencing. As the trees grow, they add height to the wall and create an impenetrable barrier. Living Walls prevent livestock attacks by large carnivores with a 99 percent success rate. For US$ 500, you can support the construction of one of these Living Walls.
The second project is the “Warriors for Wildlife”. Warriors for Wildlife are community-led teams that prevent human-wildlife conflict across five programmatic areas. Team members guide the installation of Living Walls, collect real-time data about conflict events, and help locate lost livestock at pasture.
Finally, the third project is the “Northern Tanzania Big Cats Conservation Initiative”, which helps to preserve some of Tanzania’s most threatened big cat populations. Because lions, leopards, and cheetahs move widely outside of protected areas, community support is essential to saving these endangered species.
Implementing partner: African People and Wildlife
The Ruaha Carnivore Project
Human-wildlife conflict is one of the most urgent and rapidly-growing threats facing wild animals in an increasingly human-dominated world. The Ruaha Carnivore Project has implemented this project in order to better understand and address this conflict.
It is usually the larger carnivores that cause the most intense conflict, as they are a dangerous species on their own, they are a dangerous species and have the potential to harm livestock, game, as well as humans themselves. These large carnivores also rely heavily on land that is outside formally protected areas which means that the task of managing these carnivores in human-dominated areas is critically important.
Unless there are direct benefits to live alongside these carnivores, people are unwilling to do so. This is why the Ruaha Carnivore Project works closely with local communities to educate and assist them – they help communities to protect their livestock better; providing specialized livestock guiding dogs; and constantly developing, adapting, and expanding on the initiatives in place that provide incentives to communities to coexist with these carnivores.
Implementing partner: The Ruaha Carnivore Project
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Our PhilosophyAsilia operates in some of the most spectacular wild places in Africa. Yet they are fragile, under immense pressure, where the needs of both people and wildlife are often juxtaposed.Empowering both people and places is essential if the habitats, upon which we all depend, are to survive.We’ve selected a number of reputable and effective local partners as the drivers of these interventions. These partners tackle the issues of education, community upliftment and wildlife conservation in meaningful ways, getting to the source of the problems rather than treating the symptoms.