For local communities living alongside elephants in the Gourma region of Mali, it would be close to 10 million acres. At the minimum.
Through thick and thin, the Mali Elephant Project’s staff and supporters have kept this globally important herd of elephants alive. 2018 was the most challenging year for the Mali Elephant Project since the start of the violent insurgency in 2013.
The challenge of operating in the Gourma grows as the jihadist insurgency advances by stealth, tapping into local grievances to expand their influence.