Poaching of African elephants for ivory has reached a fever pitch, with alarming consequences. In Zimbabwe’s hardest hit areas, populations have declined by 70 percent. In an effort to learn more, we went to Zimbabwe’s Matusadona region, where a small anti-poaching team is using smart techniques to great effect. Their efforts combine education with a community alert network, which has resulted in a three-fold decrease in poaching across a large territory.
We want to see these techniques reproduced throughout Zimbabwe, beginning in the Nyatana Wilderness Area, a pristine parkland where our orphans will eventually be released. We’re pleased to report that strong conservation and anti-poaching efforts are in place there that, with our support, will expand and ensure that our orphans live safe and free.