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

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STEP officers talking with Msolwa Station students about elephants: L to R, Athumani Mndeme (Udzungwa Manager), Maria Mbata (Human-Elephant Coexistence Manager), Paulo Kaluse (Elephant Officer)

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 crisis, and our projects with farmers to reduce crop-raiding with beehive fences. It was a fantastic occasion and so enjoyable to find the students so engaged and curious about elephants. They were also shocked to hear the extent of the decline of elephants in Tanzania (e.g., 78% of elephants in the Selous killed between 2009 and 2014). We discussed the reasons why this is a catastrophe for Tanzania, and it was very heartening to hear many students expressing why Tanzania’s elephants must be saved and protected for future generations. This area on the edge of the great Selous ecosystem has a lot of young ambassadors for elephants, which is a source of hope.

Many thanks to the students and teachers, and to our partners Raleigh Tanzania for organising this event, which was the perfect way to spend ‪#‎WED2016‬.

World Elephant Day 2016 at Msolwa Station Secondary School, on the edge of the Selous.

World Elephant Day 2016 at Msolwa Station Secondary School, on the edge of the Selous.

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Bull elephant in the Selous Game Reserve