STEP - Southern Tanzania Elephant Program
Tanzania has lost 60% of its elephant population over the last couple of years. Although poaching is the main reason, loss of habitat also plays an increasingly important role. In the South of Tanzania STEP operates at different levels for the protection of habitats and supports anti-poaching measures in the Ruaha/Rungwe Ecosystem. We support STEP in their anti-poaching air operations as well as with technical equipment for their rangers.
Future for Elephants visiting STEP, September 2017
Tanzania – Support for the farmers bordering the Selous Game Reserve (through STEP)
The settlement Mzoli Station Village is adjacent to the Selous Game Reserve and its inhabitants are peasants with an average daily income of 1 Euro. The fields have frequently been ravaged by elephants passing through. In order to keep the pachyderms out of the fields, donated beehive fences were erected - diverting the elephants very effectively and, at the same time, generating an income for the peasants who sell the honey. 28 peasants, mainly women, participate in this project and they urgently need ten bee-keeper’s suits ($ 50 each suit), workshops hosted by bee specialists and an additional 50 beehives (40$ each beehive).
Tanzania – Shubert Mwarabu of Okoa Tembo
Shubert Mwarabu is a popular Tanzanian singer and environmentalist, who campaigns for the protection of elephants through his music and petitions but also through networking with decisions makers and by making use of social media and networks. He is the founding member of OKOA Tembo (Save the Elephants of Tanzania) and represents the Global March for Elephants as well as African Elephant Coalition in Tanzania. One major aspect of his work are presentations he gives in towns and schools.
and here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8R3hUl0AcA
We have, e.g., covered his flight cost to Hong Kong thus enabling him to hold a speech on the ban of ivory trade in Hong Kong at the government committee. The speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B6rfstGPVo&feature=youtu.be&t=1h16m59s