As usual August was another busy month. On the 13th, after six exciting weeks, we concluded the first half of the 500 Elephants translocation in Malawi with 261 elephants and 1,590 head of other game species successfully moved from Liwonde and Majete to Nkhotakota. This was a remarkable event in which some of our supporters, board members, government partners, local community elders, and African Parks staff were able to participate – a lifetime experience for all. We are already planning for next year’s move which will entail approximately 50 elephants from Liwonde and 200 from Majete, and we look forward to some of you joining us on the ground.
As many of you know, results were released on August 31st from the Great Elephant Census (GEC), a continent-wide elephant survey funded by Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc., in which African Parks participated in sharing data from Chad, DRC and Malawi. It was an extraordinary collaboration with multiple partners, with sobering results indicating a 30% decline of savanna elephants between 2007 and 2014. This is in stark contrast to the success of the 500 Elephants translocation, which demonstrates the consequences of well-managed protected areas with increasing populations of elephants and other species, and the opportunity this creates to repopulate other areas which have been decimated as a result of poor management
This is what is needed – workable solutions that can inspire us, be shared, adopted, and replicated, not just for elephants but for all of Africa’s wildlife and remaining wild landscapes; and to be done at a scale that matters, which with your support is what you are helping us achieve.