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By: James Deutsch

For Africa's Elephants, Bearing Witness Bears Fruit

A Voice for Elephants

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Posted by Wildlife Conservation Society in A Voice for Elephants

By James Deutsch

For the past week Chelsea Clinton and her father President Clinton have been touring Clinton Foundation projects across Africa. In August 2013, as Executive Director of the Africa Program for WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), I had the great privilege of introducing Chelsea and her team from the Clinton Foundation to my WCS colleague Charles Foley and the work he and the rest of his staff based in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park were, and still are, doing to protect elephants.

Elephant populations have held steady or even increased in several areas of Africa where park management, support from communities, and income from tourism have been strong. Northern Tanzania is one such place. In Tarangire, where WCS has worked in collaboration with the government, park officials and local people, elephant numbers have rebounded from the last poaching crisis of the 1980s by 7 percent per year.
In Tarangire, where WCS has worked in collaboration with the government, park officials and local people, elephant numbers have rebounded from the last poaching crisis of the 1980s by 7 percent per year.

Elephant numbers have rebounded in this park
In Tarangire, where WCS has worked in collaboration with the government, park officials and local people,
elephant numbers have rebounded from the last poaching crisis of the 1980s by 7 percent per year.
Photo: Charles and Lara Foley ©WCS.

Read more: http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/05/for-africas-elephants-bearing-witness-bears-fruit/

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