The Mali Elephant Project exemplifies what is possible through true collaboration, the recognition of local leadership, and empowering grassroots solutions. True to WILD’s signature style of conservation, we foster local autonomy and problem-solving among our Malian partners who control the work; we do not provide aid or impose outside ideas.
Local people in the remote, arid lands of West Africa understand that they are embedded in the web of life – like elephants and all species – and dependent upon its integrity. For them, the loss of elephants would be a sign that the environment was much reduced in its capacity to support life, including themselves.
True sustainability occurs when communities are empowered to work together to regenerate the environment in ways that improve their own livelihoods and make space for elephants. Transparent and equitable local governance is key, and supports Government in protecting the elephants from poachers.
To find ways for humans and elephants to thrive together.