Mali Elephant Project update
Sometimes in conservation we have been reticent to ask local people what they think and feel about wildlife in case they are less than enthusiastic! In reality what they usually don’t want is to have their livelihoods diminished and their options reduced, particularly when the wildlife is perceived to benefit the affluent.
Why do the local people protect the elephants? This was the first question registered after my recent TEDx talk telling the story of how a few people can make a big difference, and it is a vital question. Nature and wildlife have multiple values, some of which can have a monetary figure attached to them (if they are readily marketable goods such as food and construction materials), and some of which can’t. In trying to determine the value of nature we often concentrate on just one or a few…Read More
WILD’s family is full of wonderful and talented people, including many fun, fabulous and highly-skilled women. Just a few of our “WILD Women” were invited to speak at TEDxVailWomen on the theme “Invented Here.” Not just technology inventions, but also new solutions to poverty; new approaches to leadership; new expressions of art and music; and, at times, the invention of our own lives. This inspirational day-long event was hosted by WILD Foundation board member, Kat Haber, and included Dr. Susan Canney, Morgan Heim, Asher Jay and Cristina Mittermeier. Take some time to watch each of their talks – whether it be working with a local community to save a unique herd of elephants, going on a foolish adventure to research the elusive fishing cat, using art to bring awareness to conservation issues, or shining a light on indigenous people & conservation with photography- each of these women are creatively…Read More
The survival of the Mali elephants is intimately linked to the state of relations between the peoples of the Gourma region. The Mali Elephant Project empowers local communities to work together to protect elephants and their habitat from human encroachment, and the wider environment from degradation. Degradation of soils, water, vegetation and wildlife means that there is less to go round and increases the likelihood of conflict between elephants and humans. When communities work together to protect and restore the ecosystem they are protecting the resources on which their livelihoods depend, and the habitats the elephants require for their survival, as the project has repeatedly demonstrated.Read More
Silent, motionless, perched on a ledge at Las Batuecas (Spain), intent on capturing nuances of ancient lines that depict the might and manner of wild goats, I gain awareness of a large bird, voicing its coarse, high-pitched song in peaceful interludes from the trees behind me. I turn to take-in the privilege of its proximity and am surprised to find instead, five paces away, a family of well-fed corzos, roe bucks, babies and all, curious, cautious and at ease until, of course, I reach for my camera. They flee this dangerous predator, swiftly into the abyss, noiselessly scurrying away along imperceptible micro-ledges, wild, intelligent, free.Read More
By Geoff Dalglish, Trail to Salamanca
“Earth Pilgrim” Geoff Dalglish and others hiked the Trail to Salamanca from Geneva, 2500km (1500 miles) across four mountain ranges in six countries over 125 days, to arrive in Salamanca just as delegates gathered from all other the world for WILD10, the 10th World Wilderness Congress. All along the Trail, Geoff was joined by other hikers from local villages and organizations as they experienced and explored the re-emergence of ecological corridors and the return of wildlife across Europe.Read More
Providing camels to the local community means that they are no longer dependent on the project and can operate autonomously. This sustainable self-sufficiency is the aim of all projects, and it means that local communities can respond to unforeseen situations themselves. An example of this occurred when the bridge and dam at Lake Gossi broke in 2012 draining the lakes of the “Gossi corridor” to the north. It meant that herders from the river, who having used up the pasture close to the river, or lost it to fire would seek out places in the Gourma with water and pasture. With no water in the Gossi corridor, they would try to use Lake Banzena instead. To prevent this we suggested constructing 120km fire-break running parallel to the river to protect pasture adjacent to the river from burning, so that these herders did not have to leave the river zone. No…Read More
In May of 2011, The Wilderness Foundation (SA), with the support of The WILD Foundation & Wilderness Foundation (UK), launched the Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative. This initiative aims to gather support from the public and various stakeholders to help fight against rhino poaching in South Africa and save the rhino from extinction in the wild.Read More
On January 1, 2000 Carol Batrus traveled to a remote Zulu village to launch a joint community development /environmental awareness /land rehabilitation project for The WILD Foundation in the community surrounding the historic battlefield of Isandlwana in South Africa. During her 2 ½ year stay, Carol worked closely with a local tribal member, Miss Elizabeth Dlamini. Carol’s final goodbye to her dear friend and colleague follows.Read More
Why is an organization concerned with elephant conservation convening a national workshop on reconciliation, aid and reconstruction?
In short, it is because sustainable elephant conservation requires wise and equitable environmental management, and such environmental management requires united communities. By contrast, in post-conflict central Mali, the Gourma Region, communities are divided, bitterly riven by the trauma of trying to cope with the onslaught of brutal external forces – such as the arrival of foreign Islamist insurgents, the rise of drug trafficking across the Sahara, the return of mercenaries from Libya - in a time of complete lawlessness.Read More
For Love Of All Things (FLOAT) is very excited to have partnered with The WILD Foundation for the entire week of Earth Day!
FLOAT is a Denver-based organization aimed at creating funding for the world’s best environmentally and animal-based non-profits. Needless to say, The WILD Foundation is high on our list! FLOAT partners with a new organization each week and designs a limited edition t-shirt that’s representative of a cause within that organization. The shirts are sold through our website at www.float.org for one week only and for each item sold FLOAT donates $8 to that week’s charity. Once the week is up, the shirt is gone and we donate whatever dollar amount the ‘ticker’ at the top of our site says. Simple as that!Read More