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We are sad to announce that Caporal Souleymane Tangara, a member of our Mali Elephant Project’s Anti-poaching Unit, was killed by jihadists when responding to an attack on UN personnel in Douentza. To honor his legacy and provide support to the family he leaves behind, his wife and twin daughters, WILD is holding a week-long fundraiser. All funds raised will be sent to Souleymane’s family in Mali. Please consider donating to help provide his family with food, shelter, school fees, clothes, and transition to establishing a means of income.

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Souleymane Tangara

Memorial courtesy of Nomba Ganame, Field Manager of the Mali Elephant Project. 

Souleymane Tangara, known by most as Soul, and to others as “Tiébakoro” which means “exceptional man”, was born on the 5th of November, 1985 in Ségou, Mali.

On June 20th, 2005, he entered the Malian army as a volunteer. He received his professional military training at the Centre D’Instruction of Ségou, the region’s military base. In time, Soul received a certificate in CIT transmissions at Kati. Starting in 2006, he put in to motion a variety of missions : specifically, Tombouctou, and Kidal (aka Operation Djiguitougou, meaning “satisfaction”). During the mission of Kidal, he was awarded a prestigious medal symbolizing an act of heroism and bravery. In June 2011, Soul was admitted to an American training camp for reconnaissance work.

In January of 2012, he moved up to the first tier of the army and on April 1st, 2012 was awarded the rank of Corporal.

In October, 2015, he became part of the GTIA-Debo team and since this date was a member of the anti-poaching ground efforts in Mali. On the 25th of October, 2016, Tangara and other military comrades were based at Hombori for elephant anti-poaching patrols. On June 19th, 2017, he was placed on the elephant protection mission under the command of GTIA-Debo, specifically within the Dambé operation. Dambé signifies “of social, morale, and identifying value.”

Souleymane wife and twins-web

Corporal Tangara is survived by his wife, Kadidia Camara, and twin daughters, Maimouna and Djénèbou.

From the very first day of his official integration within the brigade to fight elephant poaching and during each patrol, Corporal Souleymane Tangara never stopped recognizing the beauty and ecological value of these animals. He always repeated, “These elephants are amazing, they are just magnificent in wild nature. How dare anyone kill this animal?”

Souleymane was an extremely engaged, motivated, and courageous military official with everlasting patriotism for his country and an unparalleled sense of determination. On Monday August 14th, 2017, at approximately 5:00 am, Soul heroically gave his life while on the MINUSMA mission in an attempt to keep gunmen out of the United Nations headquarters in Douentza.

Corporal Tangara is survived by his wife, Kadidia Camara, and twin daughters, Maimouna and Djénèbou, who were born on August 21st, 2017, just a week after their father’s passing. Although, it is an absolute tragedy that these little girls will never get to know their father, they will surely learn about his great legacy and all of the valiant missions he served on.



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Cet article à la mémoire du Caporal Souleymane Tangara est écrit par Nomba Ganame, le Directeur de Champ du Projet Contre le Braconnage des Éléphants du Mali.

Souleymane Tangara dit par certains de ses amis Soul, d’autres Tiébakoro ce qui signifie « grand homme », est né le 5 novembre 1985 à Ségou.

Il est entré volontaire dans l’armée malienne le 20 Juin 2005. Il reçoit sa formation professionnelle militaire au Centre d’Instruction de Ségou. Quelque temps, il se spécialise en transmission CIT à Kati où, il obtient  le certificat élémentaire des transmissions. Depuis 2006,  il a effectué plusieurs missions : Tombouctou, Kidal (opération Djiguitougou qui signifie « satisfaction » où, il est décoré de la médaille Commémorative de campagne. En juin 2011, il est admis pour une formation Américaine pour les aspects de reconnaissance.

En janvier  2012 Il passe à l’emploi de 1ère classe et au grade de Caporal le 1e avril 2012.

En octobre 2015, il fit retenu pour rentrer dans la composition du GTIA –Debo. A partir de cette date, il est membre de l’équipe anti braconnage. Le 25 octobre 2016, il est basé à Hombori avec ses camarades militaires pour les patrouilles de lutte contre le braconnage des éléphants. Le 19 juin 2017, il est affecté à la mission de protection des éléphants sous le commandement du Groupement Tactique Interarmes Débo et dans le cadre de l’opération Dambé qui signifie « valeur sociale, morale et identitaire ».

Depuis son intégration officielle au sein de la brigade mixe de lutte contre le braconnage des éléphants, le caporal Souleymane Tangara ne cessait de dire pendant les sorties de patrouille en face d’un troupeau d’éléphants « Ces éléphants sont incroyables, ils sont magnifiques dans la nature, comment quelqu’un peu oser tuer cet animal».

Militaire très engagé, motivé et courageux, doté d’un sens patriotique élevé et d’une détermination exceptionnelle, il tomba héroïquement le lundi 14 août 2017 aux environs de 05 heures du matin, arme à la main dans sa tentative de repousser les assaillants lors de l’attaque contre le poste de commandement de la Munisma à Douentza.

Le caporal Souleymane, nous quitte laissant derrière lui une épouse et deux jumelles nées le 21 août 2017 juste une semaine après sa mort. Ces jumelles ne verront jamais le visage de leur père biologique.

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