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

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…

Biolojia ya Nyuki

In their monthly blogs, Paulo and Jose share what they have learned from their involvement in the beehive fence project. This week they tell us about the fascinating wonders of bee biology.   Joseph Kidibule na Paulo Kaluse Sisi ni wafanyakazi wa STEP.  Mradi unafanya utafiti wa tembo na tunajaribu kupunguza…

Hunters’ Demand for Elephant Trophies Should Not Take Precedence Over Government Accountability

By Katarzyna Nowak With thanks to Keith Lindsay for helpful improvements to this post While positive steps have been taken by governments to protect elephants and their ecosystems, private hunting companies are working hard to undermine the potential gains. Recent regulatory controls include a U.S. ban on the import of elephant…

Walking the International Talk to Help Elephants

  By Katarzyna Nowak Is the new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service policy of a blanket domestic ivory ban a “declaration of political war” that “criminalizes American citizens and kills elephants”? This is the extreme view expressed by Doug Bandow in Forbes magazine in March 2014 and taken up again in yesterday’s post here by Andrew Wyatt and Bandow,…

Elephant pushes over a beehive!

Guest blog by volunteer Ciska Scheijen I have been volunteering for the Southern Tanzania Elephant Project for the last two months and am a student of wildlife management at Van Hall Larenstein University, The Netherlands. At the end of November 2013, the Njokomoni farmers’ group got assistance once again from international…

Elephant Declines Vastly Underestimated

By Trevor Jones and Katarzyna Nowak Earlier this month, international media ran with a major prediction released by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that “one-fifth of Africa’s elephants could be wiped out in the next ten years, at current poaching levels”. This is a damaging underestimate that undercuts…

Debating in London: To Trade or not to Trade?

The Big Earthwatch Debate at the Royal Geographical Society in London this year addresses the big question of whether trading in wildlife parts can help to  save endangered species such as elephants, rhinos and tigers. We are very much opposed to trade of this kind, believing it only contributes in…

2013: The year so far…

Hi everyone. As we gear up to begin a new project in the amazing Ruaha ecosystem of southern Tanzania – where East Africa’s 2nd largest elephant population is under increasing poaching pressure – here is a brief round-up of our year so far… In January, STEP Director Dr. Trevor Jones…

The Future of Africa’s Elephants: Out with Arguments Old, In with Choices Bold

By Katarzyna Nowak and Trevor Jones The idea that we can save elephants by selling their teeth is a flawed vision that will accelerate elephants down their current road toward near extinction. In fact, the tide is turning, in favor of destroying ivory stocks and enacting moratoria on domestic trade….

Mongabay article about our corridors work

New article just published online about our work on the threatened elephant corridors between Selous and the Udzungwa Mountains. As the writer points out, “Without safe, smart, and well-maintained corridors between designated wildlife areas, animals can get cut off from resources needed for survival and from potential mates (putting genetic…