Combating a New Elephant Poaching Threat in the Gourma Region of Mali
Elephant killing is likely to be initially a one-off attempt, but if it succeeds it is likely to escalate. This intervention aims to crack down immediately on any incidences of elephant poaching to stop an ivory trade route from developing. The anti-poaching unit acts on information from the community vigilance cells, who are effectively their “eyes and ears”. Ivory poachers are arrested and the ivory confiscated; while local leaders paid to look the other way are imprisoned as collaborators.
This project is implemented by The Wild Foundation.