While elephant population dwindles as the demand for ivory grows, the Wildlife Action Group's anti-poaching team is working tirelessly to tackle illegal poaching and save animals lives. This project supports conservation activities in Thuma Forest Reserve, Malawi, to provide a save future for its remaining endangered elephant population and habitat.
More elephant tusks were seized in 2011 than in any year since 1989, when the ivory trade was banned: more than 23 tons, resulting in the deaths of more than 2,500 elephants.The growing demand for ivory products in China is once more driving elephant poaching across Africa.
For more than 15 years the Wildlife Action Group is providing protection for Thuma's remaining elephant population by deploying a small but dedicated local anti-poaching scout team but patrols urgently need to be increased.
Right now 10 scouts cover an area of 197 km, making each scout responsible for almost 20 km of rugged, mountainous Forest in the African Rift Valley.
This project will help to increase anti-poaching and conservation activities in Thuma Forest Reserve by providing financial as well as material support to pay for scout and ranger salaries, allowances and field equipment (like boots, sleeping bags, backpacks, binocular).
By expanding and building up Wildlife Action Group's capacities, a more effective anti-poaching team in Thuma Forest Reserve will ensure the future of Malawi's declining elephant population and its habitat for future generations.
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