We supprt grassroots conservation efforts to end elephant poaching in Tanzania using high-tech, training and local community involvment. This collaboration benefits locals who want and need to protect their most valuable resources: wildlife.
Elephants are disappearing at an alarming rate in Africa. The latest count is 350,000 wild elephants left on the continent. As a result of poaching 100 elephants a day are being killed. At this rate elephants will become extinct in less than a decade. This killing of innocent elephants is totally repugnant. It is shaming to all of humanity. How can this be taking place and the good citizens of the world who want to save the elephants appear to be essentially powerless? The answer is simple; power, greed, poverty and demand. There are numerous conservation and advocacy groups, government leaders, intelligence and individuals who are sounding the alarm. Many rangers are killed annually by the poachers while trying to protect elephants. Elephants are now being born without tusks because their tuskless mothers have survived and are the ones left giving birth and passing along the tuskless gene. Elephants without tusks are in a sense crippled and compromised so they rely on their families for protection however the family members are being killed.
Is it possible for concerned citizens to stand by and allow elephants to disappear from the planet in this horrific manner? We are exploring the use of surveillance drone technology and are working with grassroots communities in Tanzania to launch a program in Tarangire National Park. This program will be a “Proof of Concept” six month trial which has taken two years of permitting to be allowed in this park. The drone is manufactured in the USA but will be operated by local millennials who are graduating from Arusha University in the tech fields. This technology will be used to monitor the movements of poachers and alert the rangers before an elephant is harmed. The success of our program hinges on the importance of community conservation movements that transform the lives of locals through conservation and sustainable enterprises. Due to the dwindling population of elephants, rangers and conservationists need to monitor them daily and what better way to cover ground than with sophisticated drone technology?
We invite you to participate and help us before it’s too late. Once the elephants are gone, they are gone for good.