Southern Tanzania Elephant Project, Southern Tanzania Region
The Southern Tanzania Elephant Project is an elephant conservation program based in southern Tanzania that is working to protect elephants and enhance human-elephant coexistence.
Believing in the importance of strong protected areas and the welfare of people living around their boundaries, the project works with a range of partners towards long-term security for elephants, a critical keystone and umbrella species of the incredible ecosystems of Ruaha-Rungwa and Udzungwa-Selous.
A wonderful part of this initiative are the bee-hives that have been set up in certain areas – many people may not know this, but elephants are terrified of bees!
Using this to our advantage, the programme has built beehives “fences” to protect farms and crops from elephants, and in turn, the communities are able to produce honey that they are able to then sell, improving their quality of life as well as creating harmony with the elephants.
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Asilia 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.