STEP

News from Tanzania by STEP/Ruaha

Around 16,000 elephants live in the Ruaha area in southern Tanzania, which STEP monitors. This is the largest elephant population in East Africa! The region is home to 35% of East African elephants and 7% of African elephants.

The Ruaha elephant monitoring team has been working hard over the past few months to sight and identify as many elephants as possible using the elephant ID database.

Forest Elephants

Two (rare) forest elephant bulls on the move: a poignant story

Last year 2 forest elephant bulls, presumably brothers, migrated the long way from Guinea to Liberia to Ivory Coast. Now the bulls are on the move again and have decided to migrate back to Liberia. Much to the astonishment of the local population, as there is no natural elephant population in this area.

 

Waldelefanten

Forest elephants - climate artists threatened with extinction

The forest elephant, Loxodonta cyclotis, lives in the tropical areas of Central Africa and West Africa. It is only found in larger numbers in Gabon, Cameroon, the Republic of Congo and Liberia. Protecting these populations is not only critical to the future of the species in Central and West Africa, but it is also important for the climate.

The African forest elephant is less well known than the savanna elephant in East or South Africa. Ecological and political obstacles and its sometimes inaccessible habitat make it difficult to study and protect. For a long time, forest elephants were not considered a distinct species. But genetic studies show that the forest elephant is distinctly different from its savannah cousin.

Porogo Base

Future for Elephants at Elephant Aware Masai Mara/Kenya - 2021

Kerstin Bucher from Future for Elephants has been involved with Elephant Aware Masai Mara for many years and visits this project regularly. Over the years a deep friendship has developed with the Cowell family, the founders of the organization and the rangers.

After I could not travel to Kenya in 2020 due to the corona pandemic, I was even more happy to visit Elephant Aware Masai Mara in Siana/Kenya this year, even if unfortunately only for a very short time due to corona.