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New Recruits join the Serengeti K9 Unit

2020-08-10T17:34:41+00:00August 10th, 2020|Wildlife Protection|

The chase was on. The Serengeti canine (K9) unit was hot on the track of another poacher. Emmanuel Issak , lead handler of the K9 unit, was still a little anxious, as he had only recently received the unit’s new dogs from our partners, the African Wildlife Foundation. He not only wanted to see how

Pangolin Saved From Unwanted Journey to China.

2020-08-10T03:53:38+00:00August 10th, 2020|Management & Governance, Wildlife Protection|

Maasai believe you will be blessed with a long life if you are lucky enough to see a pangolin. This extraordinary creature—the only mammal covered with scales—is one of the most sought-after items in illicit wildlife trafficking. Recently, rangers in Makame recovered a pangolin, which was destined to be trafficked, from an unpleasant demise. Upon

Building Better Leaders with Honeyguide

2020-05-16T08:23:46+00:00January 4th, 2020|Management & Governance, News|

  Transparent governance and professional management are essential elements of well-run wildlife management areas (WMAs) and similar community-based conservation bodies. Recognizing this, Honeyguide dedicates significant time and effort to building effective management and governance teams in the WMAs in which we work. In partnership with the Nature Conservancy and with funding from USAID, Honeyguide held

Award-Winning Rangers Invited to Meet Alibaba Founder

2020-05-16T08:23:46+00:00November 11th, 2019|Honeyguide News, News, Wildlife Protection|

Honeyguide was incredibly excited to receive the news that two of our rangers, Shinini Simel and Lerumbe Kaaya, were identified as recipients of the African Ranger Award for 2019. The award, given annually on behalf of the Paradise Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to environmental conservation. Shinini, the head of the K9 Unit operating at Manyara

Saving Elephants, Simple Solutions

2020-05-16T08:23:46+00:00December 2nd, 2017|Human-Wildlife Conflict Prevention, News|

Honeyguide is working with local communities to provide simple solutions to human-wildlife conflict. Through the innovative use of basic tools and materials, Honeyguide’s Human Elephant Conflict Toolkit is enabling communities to live peacefully alongside elephants, supporting both conservation and livelihoods. Between 2009- 2014, Tanzania lost 60% of its elephant population to poaching. While most instances

Mother and Baby Elephant Rescued after Being Trapped in a Mud Hole

2020-05-16T08:23:47+00:00July 22nd, 2017|Honeyguide News, News, Wildlife Protection|

  On Wednesday, a mother elephant and her calf were rescued after being trapped for 48 hours in a six-meter-deep mud hole in Randilen WMA, Northern Tanzania. The baby elephant and her mother were spotted by the Honeyguide Aircraft on a routine aerial surveillance patrol, the pilot called in the Randilen ranger patrol

Anti-Poaching Commander Lembris’ Childrens’ Education Fund

2020-05-16T08:23:47+00:00June 5th, 2017|News|

Help us raise £1,500 for our late Anti-Poaching Commander Lembris' children. We are raising funds in honor of our dear great friend, the late Commander Lempris of Honeyguide Foundation's Anti-Poaching Ranger, Tracker Dog Unit, in Northern Tanzania. Lempris recently died after a valiant battle with a brain tumor. He was a huge asset to the

Educational Film Brings Awareness and Dialogue to WMA Communities

2020-05-16T08:23:47+00:00May 29th, 2017|Environmental Education, Honeyguide News, News|

A recent month-long film roadshow helped spread awareness and foster dialogue with Randilen Wildlife Management Area (WMA) communities in rural Tanzania. Locally-produced, and including influential community leaders, the film helped educate locals about Randilen WMA’s achievements, function and its challenges along the way. Screenings were backed up with question and answer sessions, fostering a growing

Increasing Accountability to Improve Outcomes

2020-05-16T08:23:47+00:00May 4th, 2017|Honeyguide News, Management & Governance, News|

Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) conserve the wilderness, protect the habitat, and promote sustainable economic development that minimizes its impact on local ecosystems. With such ambitious objectives, it’s no surprise that a diversity of professional expertise is required. Accounting, however, probably isn’t the first discipline that springs to mind. Samuel Saruni Mollel. Photo courtesy of

Honeyguide Visits Makame to Introduce 2017 Anti-poaching Project

2020-05-16T08:23:47+00:00April 12th, 2017|News|

In the first week of March 2017, Honeyguide Chairman Mr. Naphtal Ole Kirimbai, Anti-Poaching Commander, John Magembe, and Keko Orkijape, Honeyguide’s Community Liaison Officer paid a visit to Makame Wildlife Management Area (WMA) to introduce a new anti-poaching project due to start in May 2017. From left: Honeyguide Chairman Ole Kirimbai, Makame WMA-Board