Nov 9, 2017

Art for Elephants

Good Afternoon Elephant Art Supporters!

 

A few updates for our fall report:

-The Elephant Art team launched at Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa, with soccer for the children, and traditional dancers for all.  The winners were awarded with a safari into the Park to view elephants, a real treat for the children!

-The team was also invited to participate in the elephant census by counting elephants at Elephant Sands in central Botswana! We will introduce Elephant Art to Nata Village en route to the census. 

-The team was recently in northerrn Kenya and brought Elephant art to the Samburu community.  

-A new member joined our team from Tanzania, and will bring Elephant Art to the Selous region, where elephant poaching is rampant, and awareness campaigns will help to strengthen the resolve for communities to protect their natural resources. 

 

We continue to help raise awareness and the spirits of communities living at the interface with elephants. Thank you for your valuable support!

Oct 24, 2017

Update on Bees Saving Elephants

Thank you for donating to our Bees Saving Elephants Project!  
Here are a few of the accomplishments you have assisted with in the last quarter:
1. Beekeeping Committee formed in Sangaiwe village:
Consisting of 10x members including a beekeeper in the village, and farmers who own land on the front-line boundary with Tarangire National park (this land is most frequently raided by elephants) The committee members also include those who are regularly defending the farms at night, so they are very experienced with the land affected by crop-raiding elephants. 
The Committee members will be responsible for data collection, beehive fence maintenance, security, and will additionally be trained as beekeepers. 
2. Bee Ecology Study:  This study will collect data on bee foraging potential in the region and water access to ensure all colonies are supported, as part of the long-term strategy for sustainability of the beehive fence. 
3. Buzz Box: Low cost, easy to use, innovatibe audio deterrent device that has been developed based on the research conducted by Dr Lucy King, which proved elephants are afraid of the sound of bees. This device may thus provide an additional buffer to the beehives. Should a colony abscond, the vulnerable, exposed element of the fence can be protected with a quick installation of the Buzz Box. The buzz box will also be used as part of a research study at The School for Field Studies in Tanzania, and a pilot location in Kenya. 
4. Beekeeping Trainers: We are vetting a number of experienced beekeepers to fulfil the role of our project trainer - to construct and deliver a practical beekeeping course for our communities. Continued funding will be crucial as the courses are ongoing, to support the farmers throughout the beekeeping season, and onto honey harvesting. 
5. Elephant Identification Database: Training farmers in the identification of elephants - looking at physical characteristics & family sizes, in order to build an understanding of elephant behaviour, patterns, and further awareness of elephants as a keystone species. 
These are just a few of the accomplishments we have acheived in the past few months thanks to your support!  
Jul 20, 2017

July Update For The Selous Project

I am happy to report that your donations allowed us to graduate from the GlobalGiving Accelerator program, making us a recognized partner of GlobalGiving! As part of this effort, together we successfully raised $11,828 from 53 unique individual donors to support our project, 'Protecting Tanzania's Elephants & Black Rhinos'.

 

Because you went over and above our expectations, we raised substantially more than we anticipated! This will allow us to purchase a dedicated 4-wheel drive vehicle for the project, which we will use in August to track rhinos and elephants.  Once their territories are established, we will plan our September operations to collar a number of individuals for long-term monitoring and protection of the population as a whole.

 

I wish to thank you each sincerely for your generosity and compassion in supporting this work. You are Silent Heroes, and it is your individual efforts that combined to make a significant impact!

 

I will update the team again in early October once I return from Tanzania. 

 

With Gratitude, 

Dr. Hayley R. Adams 

 
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