Dedicated to creating a peaceful future for elephants in Southern Tanzania, and beyond

Tafiti mpya inayodhihirisha ni kwa sababu gani tembo wanakula mazao

  Maria Mbata, Frank Lihwa na Josephine Smit Lengo muhimu la uhifadhi ni kujaribu kuhakikisha kuwa binadamu na wanyamapori wanaweza kuishi pamoja. Hii ni muhimu wakati unapokuja kuwazungumzia tembo, ambao kihistoria wanaishi na wanasafiri nje ya mazingira ya uhifadhi. Moja ya changamoto ya mshikamano baina ya binadamu na tembo ni…

What camera traps tell us about elephants eating crops

  By Josephine Smit An important conservation goal is to try and ensure that people and wildlife can coexist. This is especially important when it comes to elephants, whose large home ranges and long distance movements take them outside of protected areas. One of the major challenges to coexistence is the…

World Elephant Day 2016: enhancing human-elephant coexistence for Selous GR

Last Friday was World Elephant Day and members of the STEP human-elephant coexistence team spent the afternoon talking to, and answering questions from, 350 students of Msolwa Station Secondary School – on the northwest boundary of Selous Game Reserve – about all things elephant: why they are amazing, the poaching…

STEP in 2015: Our Year in Review

Click on the photos to find out more about our activities in 2015

New Census Results Confirm Elephant Declines in Ruaha-Rungwa

        The elephants of Ruaha-Rungwa in southern Tanzania have been well surveyed in recent years, and the latest research confirms their significant decline due to poaching, despite the complexities of interpreting and presenting census results.  By Dr. Trevor Jones Last week at the 10th TAWIRI (Tanzania Wildlife…

Letter presented to UK Prime Minister

The letter below, co-signed by STEP, was delivered to PM David Cameron at 10, Downing Street earlier this month, by our friends at Action for Elephants UK. The message to Mr. Cameron: Ban All Ivory Trade in the UK. We are still waiting for a reply… Photographs of the event can…

STEP Newsletter is out!

STEP’s first newsletter, covering the first quarter of 2015, is out! You can download it by clicking here for either the English or Kiswahili versions. Please share widely! Thanks, na tunashukuru.    

Elephant twins arrive in Ruaha at a tough time

On 30th October 2014, newly born elephant twins were spotted along the Mwagusi Sand River in Ruaha National Park, by Dr. Tim Davenport of WCS Tanzania Program. He managed to get this photo of the hours-old infants, and their mother. This was incredibly exciting news – the first ever record of…

New project launched in support of elephant conservation in Ruaha

An exciting, multi-faceted new project led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), is about to begin in southern Tanzania, and STEP is honoured to be a partner in the component covering elephant conservation in Ruaha National Park. Last Wednesday, 10th December 2014, STEP Director Dr. Trevor Jones participated in the official launch at…

Maandamano ya Tembo, Iringa

Paulo Mndeme na Jose Kidibule STEP wakishirikiana na wadau mbalimbali kwenye miji 137 duniani, tulifanya maandamano yaliyofanyika kitaifa mjini Iringa mnamo tarehe 4/10/2014. Maandamano haya yalipangwa na Wildlife Connection na yalihudhuriwa na watu zaidi ya mia tatu wakiwemo wa Tanzania na wageni kutoka nchi mbalimbali. Lengo la maandamano ni kuishawishi…