Save the Elephants launches its Human-Elephant Coexistence (HEC) Toolbox
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August 12, 2022
New manual of ‘tried and tested’ elephant deterrents introduces sustainable methods for farmers to protect their property and farms from elephants.
Save the Elephants has developed a unique ‘how to’ manual, the Human-Elephant Coexistence (HEC) Toolbox of tried and tested elephant deterrents to empower rural communities to protect their livelihoods from elephants.
As human-elephant conflict increases across Africa, farmers need practical, sustainable and affordable ways to peacefully co-exist with elephants without having to resort to violence.
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Land desperate for rain
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The ongoing drought in northern Kenya is creating havoc for communities and wildlife alike. In Samburu National Reserve, where our main research centre is based, the failed rains coupled with the pressure from livestock incursions has reduced the already scarce vegetation in the park. Hungry elephants have no choice but to venture outside the safety of the reserve in search of food and water, ultimately putting themselves and the local community at risk. Farming communities in Tsavo where our second research station is based, are also struggling with failed crops and no rain in sight.
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Surprising elephant discovery in Uganda
Image credit: © Angus Carey-Douglas/Save the Elephants
After a forty year absence, our founder, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, made a surprising discovery recently when he returned to Uganda's northern elephant ranges as part of a unique trans-boundary expedition to collar elephants. The last time Iain worked in Uganda, in the 1980s, the country’s elephants had almost been wiped out by poachers and political turmoil. Forty years on, Iain was back in Uganda on an important elephant tracking mission and curious to find out if the elephant population had truly bounced back as the Ugandan government had claimed, or been poached to the brink of extinction.
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