About Us--------------------------------- The Udzungwa Elephant Project is dedicated to the struggle to defeat elephant poaching in southern Tanzania, and across Africa. We also monitor and study the ecology and behaviour of elephants in response to poaching, identify important elephant corridors, and seek ways of reducing conflict between farmers and elephants in the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania. ------------------------------
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We are in Udzungwa and this is our first blog this month because it’s been a hectic time since we returned here four weeks ago. But exciting too, as we have been catching up with our team on all their endeavours since September, and making plans for several new initiatives over the coming year: our human-elephant interactions work with the local farmers (teaser photo below!), 15 of whom formed an official HEC mitigation group just yesterday and will be constructing more chilli fences next week; using camera traps to document elephant behaviour at chilli and beehive fences; investigating and conserving corridors between Udzungwa, Selous, Ruaha and Mikumi; assisting local Park and Nature Reserve rangers in their fight against wildlife poaching by, for example, testing out aerial response for poacher tracking; and planning to convene as a Regional Elephant Forum bringing together Ruaha, Mikumi, Selous and Udzungwa elephant researchers, managers, and other stakeholders in Iringa town in early 2012. We will fill you in and keep you updated over the coming weeks, so please check back in. For now, have a wonderful Xmas day, and we’ll be back in the New Year.
Trev, Kate and the UEP Team
These are exciting times for our team. First, a massive congratulations to Joram, who is now officially Ponjoli Joram M.Sc. after completing his EU Erasmus Mundus Masters in Applied Ecology. His thesis, pictured below, was passed without revisions, a terrific achievement. We hope to make the whole thesis downloadable soon, and will be blogging more about the findings of the study – which is being continued on the ground by UEP research assistants Paulo and Jose – in the coming months. Meantime, no rest for the wicked, and no time to celebrate – Joram is already back in the field in Udzungwa, implementing the RRF-funded emergency project (see previous blog below), working with farmers on crop-raiding mitigation measures.
Also this month, in other good news – we have managed to raise enough money through private donations to cover the first year’s academic fees for the masters project of Lukinga Thabit at the University of Dar es Salaam. Followers of our blog will be aware that Lukinga is going to be working in a critical elephant corridor just north of the Udzungwa Mountains – and he is enrolling this month at the university, and already working hard on his research proposal in collaboration with Dr. Nahonyo in the Zoology Department, and the UEP. Congratulations to Lukinga, as he embarks on his important work – we will be supporting you all the way.
We are proud of MSc student Ponjoli Joram, whose application to attend the Conservation Biology Advanced Study Institute Part II at KWS January 10 – 15, 2011 was successful! Joram described the workshop as excellent, told us that he learned a lot about maths and modeling, and established good contacts with fellow conservation practitioners. Hongera, Joram!