Desert Elephants children’s book

WILD has worked to protect the unique “Desert Elephants of Mali” since 2002.  We collaborated closely with author Helen Cowcher to present this lovely children’s book that conveys the essential message of the elephants, the people, and our work in Mali. The Tuareg...

Conservation is about people, as much as it is about wildlife

As I was reading through the excellent review in the New York Review of Books, by John Terborgh of Caroline Fraser’s “Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution”, I was gratified to find several points that resonated strongly with our experience...

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...

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...

Breaking News – Save the Elephants Camp Hit by Floods

Save the Elephants Research Camp Hit by Floods Early this morning Save the Elephants (STE) research facility and Elephant Watch Safari Camp located in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, were completely destroyed by unexpected flooding of the Ewaso Ng’iro River, along...
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