Wildlife and People
Wildlife and People is the Africa project of the Wild Land - Wild Spirit Foundation.
Our work originally started with the promotion of tiger and elephant conservation
projects in Asia.
It became clear to us that the protection of tigers and elephants is not an isolated topic, but is embedded in complex, often global, relationships that shape the lives of people in the tiger and elephant regions. Poverty and hunger, often due to external causes such as civil unrest and wars, changing global food prices of staple foods, the aspirations of western industrialized nations for cheap labor, corruption and lack of education often determine the lives of people in these regions.
Similar to the situation in Africa.
The number of wild elephants has declined from about 1,300,000 in 1970 to about 400,000 in 2016, mostly due to ivory poaching. Every year in Africa about 40,000 elephants or 10% of the population are poached. Wild elephants could have disappeared from Africa in less than 10 years.
The situation of the lions, whose stocks have shrunk to about 20,000 within a few decades due to poaching and habitat loss, is also catastrophic.
Anyone who starves or lives from hand to mouth and is daily concerned with the survival of their own family, can usually give no priority to nature conservation in his life and is susceptible to
the tempting offers of the "animal mafia" for a hunted tiger or pay a few kilos of
ivory more than you can only earn in many years.
Our work is especially dedicated to people in wild animal regions. Only if they succeed in improving their living situation will it be possible to actively involve them in the preservation of their habitat and the protection of wild animals.
We have been building a project in Kenya since 2017. The focus here is on wildlife / human conflicts and the development of solutions. The focus is on supporting local village communities with simple technologies, reforestation and school-based education on sustainability and nature conservation.
More information can be found on our project page Wildlife and People.