"The illegal ivory trade impacts everyone. I see first hand the terrible suffering inflicted on our elephants and we are counting the costs as Thuma's herds shrink at the hands of the ivory poachers. There's also increased human-wildlife conflict as a result, where elephants may try escape from the poachers and run into villages. Criminals with guns infiltrate communities. Tourism, which can have far reaching economic benefits, is affected. A few individuals benefit at the vast expense of others." (Lynn Clifford, Fieldmanager WAG Malawi)
Where the fence is in existence, villagers are delighted as there has been less crop damage and a greater sense of security. People can at last sleep more peacefully at night without fears that their crops will be destroyed by elephants. Happy fed people means that there is less pressure to subsidy their diet from the forest. And because the elephants are kept within the forest boundary they are easier to protect from poachers. There is no greater need for this than now with elephants threatened by extinction by 2025. 56km has been completed already (Thanks to all your donations!!). The target for 2015 is to build another 25km but to do this we need your help. Work will take place in October before the rains come again. It costs about Euro 2000 per kilometre.
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