Photo © Bill Yancey
Poachers, drawn in by the sky-high price of ivory are killing an estimated 96 elephants everyday in Africa – bringing elephants ever closer to the brink of extinction. Although the prospects are dire, African Conservation Centre (ACC) and our progressive community partners are having success in slowing and in some cases stopping the slaughter in parts of Kenya and Tanzania. ACC, in collaboration with NGOs and government anti-poaching forces, are protecting elephants where they live through the Game Scouts Program and through the Kenya-Tanzania Borderland Initiative which bring together key conservation players to build conservation capacity for communities, identify emerging crises, provide emergency rapid response support, and coordinate and communicate information.
Game Scouts are the front line in the battle against poaching. This program provides training for community members so that they can protect wildlife, tourists and livestock; engage in community conflict resolution; collect ecological data; and generate and distribute environmental information to enhance community awareness.
Kenya-Tanzania Borderland Conservation Initiative
The Kenya-Tanzania borderlands region supports some of the richest wildlife populations on earth through a network of national parks and reserves, as well as the pastoral lands that connect them. ACC-US understands that conservation of the borderlands region is critical to the long-term viability of both elephant and lion metapopulations.