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.