Wild Cats, Elephants and People
- projects and supports in Asia and Africa
Within a century, the number of tigers in Asia has fallen from 100,000 to approximately 3,200, a 97% decline. Many of these remaining tigers live isolated in diminished territories, without genetic intercommunion. In the same period, the Asian elephant population has shrunk from several millions to about 40,000. Many of them live in captivity; are battered by brutal forestry working conditions, or are subject to abuse by tourism.
In the course of our work, we became aware that tiger and elephant protection cannot be viewed as an isolated issue, but is a factor in complex, often global coherencies, profoundly influencing the lives of people living in tiger and elephant regions. Poverty and famine, often caused by uprisings and wars penetrating the regions, by changing basic food prices on the world market, by western industrial nations striving for cheap labor, by corruption and a lack of education – these are the factors that shape the lives of people living in these regions.
Similar the situation in many regions in Africa.
The number of wild elephants in Africa declined from 1.3 million around 1970 to about 400,000 in 2016 with a yearly poaching of about 40,000, which means wild elephants throughout Africa could be gone in less then ten years. The situation of lions and other wild cats is bad too. The number of lions shrank to less then 20,000 in only a few decades.
People starving or living from hand to mouth, confronted with the daily survival of their families hardly have the capacity to be concerned with environmental issues. On the contrary, they are highly vulnerable to the tempting offers made by the "animal mafia", who offer more money for a dead tiger or a few kilos of ivory than these people would earn in several years of labor. At the same time, it is precisely these people who are most closely intertwined with their environment; living on and from the land, and are forced to stand by helplessly when international logging companies or land grabbing decimate their homeland.
With this knowledge, Wild Cats and Elephant protection encompasses preserving the last shreds of jungle or savannah in many Asian and African regions for the people and countless animal and plant species that live there as well.
The decimation of Big Cats and Elephants is synonymous with the betrayal of our entire planet. Saving them is synonymous with enduring global change.
Our work is mainly dedicated to people in wildlife regions. Only when it is possible to improve their life situation will it be possible to actively involve them in the preservation of their habitat and the protection of wild animals.
Since 2017, we are prepearing to start a project in Kenya focusing on reduction of wildlife- / human conflicts and the development of solutions. Focus is on supporting local
communities with agroforestry and agriculture programs, simple technologies and school additional education about sustainability and conservation.
"Helping Wildlife by helping the People"