Human-Wildlife Conflict Program Officer
Elvis Kisimir is Tanzania People & Wildlife’s Human-Wildlife Conflict Program Officer and the leader of the organization's innovative Living Walls project. He is a Maasai moran (warrior) and respected community member of the Maasai Steppe. Having grown up hearing the roar of lions, Elvis is deeply concerned about the loss of big cats from community lands. Since 2010, he has worked to significantly reduce livestock depredation by lions and other carnivores while promoting community tolerance of big cats. By working with the community, he has seen that directly engaging local people in conservation can change perspectives and significantly increase local support for environmental protection. He currently oversees a local team of more than 30 Warriors for Wildlife and program assistants and is responsible for the installation, monitoring, and management of more than 850 Living Walls across northern Tanzania. In 2013, Elvis was honored as a Disney Conservation Hero.