Project Description

Adopting effective approaches to mitigate human wildlife conflict in the South Katavi Ecosystem

Coexistence between people and elephants is a significant conservation challenge in the south of
Katavi National Park (NP) and Mpimbwe Wildlife Management area (WMA). Crop-raiding
elephants reduce crop production which leads to seasonal food insecurity. This project is
spreading effective low-cost elephant deterrents in the region while providing conservation
education to 35,000 people in 8 schools and 5 villages. Deterrents will include beehive fences,
chili-based olfactory repellent, and non-palatable crops. The citizen science component will
facilitate data collection on the elephants who crop raid and the effectiveness of the deterrents,
with that data being used to guide long term elephant management plans.