Reduce costs of
wildlife to communities
What are the costs of wildlife to communities?
Wild areas, especially the African bush, are home to large populations of elephants, lions, cheetahs, buffalo, giraffe...making them very attractive holiday destinations for tourists. This wildlife, however, is a big burden for locals. Unfortunately, the communities living along the borders of protected wildlife areas are suffering from elephants relentlessly raiding crops and lions and hyenas attacking their livestock. It’s an all too common occurrence and people feel that their lives, and their livelihoods, are very much at risk.
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What we do
What is the Foundation doing?
The Foundation is supporting efforts to reduce the costs of wildlife to communities by providing access to water for wildlife to ensure they stay within the boundaries of protected areas, by establishing proper fencing and by exploring innovating ways to reduce human wildlife conflicts.
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A spotlight on WATER
Animals gather around waterholes to drink, cool down and socialize; needless to say that water is a fundamental part of sustaining wildlife and can be a source of conflict.
The evolution of wildlife migration patterns, the creation of fenced protected areas and climate change impacts have all affected water availability for wildlife. Interventions that provide water and thereby maintain wildlife numbers is necessary in some areas to avoid mass animal deaths by dehydration and the overspilling of wildlife into villages in search of water, causing conflicts with people.
Tampering with natural resources also has consequences, and implementing measures to proactively supply water for wildlife need to consider looking into longer-term solutions to ensure healthy landscapes and ecosystems. The Foundation hopes to be able to help the investigation of such solutions.
The Foundation has partnered with the Water4Wildlife Trust operating in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park to support pumping water for wildlife in the southern part of the Park. Read more about this cause here