Community News

Community heroes and rangers lead to arrest of ruthless elephant poachers

April 4th, 2015|Baraza, Community News, Honeyguide News, Other News, Wildlife Protection|

  From the air, the grey mass appeared like a hulking rock in the middle of the riverbed. But as he circled around the figure in his Microlight, Damian Bell knew immediately that the motionless mass below was a dead elephant, its tusks missing. In the last days of December 2014, Bell, the executive director

Orphaned Elephant Rescued for Christmas

December 22nd, 2014|Community News, Honeyguide News, Wildlife Protection|

  After a hard overnight rain, the orphaned baby elephant felt the chill of the pre-dawn darkness. Lost and alone, the tiny male pachyderm stood as easy prey for lions or other predators. Stray dogs had already started to harass him, biting and nipping at his legs and ankles. The newborn had wandered into Kakoi

October ends with flurry of poaching incidents, arrests

October 31st, 2014|Community News, Honeyguide News, Wildlife Protection|

    Over the past week, a number of poaching incidents have plagued the unprotected areas primarily of the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem. Fortunately, Tanzanian officials have been holding several suspects in custody. Details are still being investigated, but below is a roundup of recent headlines.       Poachers kill another bull in Lesimingori Mountains Just

Bull killed, poachers caught on Elephant March Day

October 17th, 2014|Community News, Honeyguide News, Wildlife Protection|

Just after nightfall, the crack of gunfire echoed across the plains. A hunt and chase ensued in the darkness. Somewhere, another elephant died for its tusks. In a sad stroke of irony, poachers slaughtered a massive bull elephant near Esilalei Village on October 14, the same day of the momentous Elephant March in Arusha, a

Tracker Dogs Might Need an Agent

August 16th, 2014|Community News, Honeyguide News|

Media surrounding the Tracker Dog Unit, a project of Big Life Foundation, has grown to the point where we can't always keep track and post of all the pieces in which Rocky & Jerry make appearances. Will they need an agent in 2015? Maybe. Last year, Maria Alomajan published her book, Dogs in Action: Working

Partnership with Randilen WMA Kicks Off

May 16th, 2014|Community News, Honeyguide News|

Community-based conservation and wildlife protection in the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem just strengthened its ranks and expanded its reach. On May 2, the leadership of the newly established Randilen Wildlife Management Area officially deployed 15 fresh village game scouts to begin operations in the 315-sqaure-kilometer community conservation area, which borders the northeastern arc of Tarangire National Park.

Data, Data… Action!

May 9th, 2014|Community News, Honeyguide News|

While the high noon sun scorched the savanna, the interview had also grown red hot. “As you are sitting here asking me about conflicts with wildlife, those zebras are finishing my farm!” a Maasai mzee shouted at the enumerator and then pointed to his field of maize, where, indeed, a group of nine black-and-white-striped equids

Community informants lead to poachers’ capture

May 2nd, 2014|Community News|

In the town of Mto wa Mbu, it seems that informing on poachers has become as big a business as poaching itself. Less than a week after a tip from a community informant led to the arrest of a notorious local poacher and his accomplice at Manyara Ranch, Honeyguide-supported rangers rounded up three more illegal

Learn, Learn… Apply!

April 25th, 2014|Community News, Honeyguide News|

Poachers sure picked the wrong time to raid Manyara Ranch. On April 22, some 42 rangers and village game scouts had gathered at Manyara Ranch for three days of intensive joint team training in wilderness first aid, as led by the Sentinel Outdoor Institute, organized by Honeyguide Foundation, funded primarily by Big Life Foundation, with

Big Life’s Baby Eland has one Bizarre Big Brother

March 28th, 2014|Community News, Other News|

Call him Lomunyack. He’s only four months old, but he already stands over three feet tall and weighs nearly 100 kilograms. He also has a set of conical pre-adolescent horns jutting out from behind his forehead and a series of dashing white stripes down the side of his body. Lomunyack happens to be a young