Community engagement process for Lake Banzena

The first step to find a solution to the problem of Lake Banzena was to survey all stakeholders to obtain their views and ideas and devise a plan that all could agree with. The solution was to move the people out of the elephant reserve and provide clean water for...

Elephant Death Rites

One of those small happenings where the elephant and the human worlds meet ….. Villagers from Wami told me about an elephant that had died nearby from natural causes (old age or disease). A group of about 6-8 elephants remained, standing around and apparently watching...

John Muir Trust Launches Wild Land Campaign in UK

The John Muir Trust has launched two petitions to urge the UK and Scottish governments to give greater protection to the country’s last remaining wild land.  The petition in Scotland calls for wild land to be protected by a new environmental designation. The petition...

The Rain has arrived in Mali!

We are breathing a sigh of relief as it has been raining since the beginning of June and so far the rains are good! This year was very tough for the elephants. Usually they rely on the lake of Banzena for water at this time of year, but this year it was crowded with...

Healthy Elephants = Healthy People

“We don’t want the elephants to disappear, because if the elephants disappear, it means the environment is no longer good for humans,” Malian villager. This statement has stayed with me throughout the work of this project, and particularly as I travel between Mali and...
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