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Elephants, Saving Elephants and Habitat Worldwide


Elephants killed for their ivory. Habitat becomes roads, farms and villages. When elephants and humans cross paths, deaths occur. Help protect elephants, habitat and people.

Real Life

Tadeo Mugume has never left his village. At the age of 13, his entire world has been the top of a hillside overlooking Kibale National Park in Uganda. Within his world, he frequently encountered native wildlife, yet these experiences have almost always been negative. Like many villages, the community and the wildlife remain in a perpetual state of conflict. Elephants in particular pose a nuisance; frequent incursions into cropland have devastated many households' livelihoods.

Tadeo however has had the chance to explore a different side of this story. At 9 years old, he became a member of his school's Wildlife Club (WLC), supported by the International Elephant Foundation.With WLC he learned to look at wildlife as an asset to the community rather than as a problem.Learning about elephants outside of the adversarial relationship with which he grew up, they quickly became Tadeo's favorite. His drive to learn all he could about elephant behavior and society led to his selection to visit the National Park to see elephants in their natural environment and learn from game rangers. This trip was the highlight in his young life.

Today, Tadeo is the president of his school's WLC. He aspires to work for the Ugandan Wildlife Authority and to teach others about elephants as he has been taught. He has truly found his passion, and is an embodiment of the philosophy that we need to build community consensus for conservation if we hope to protect what little 'wild' is left. Because, in the words of a local woman who recently visited the park on one of our trips, "elephants have the right to live". It's that simple.