Warriors for Wildlife

Warriors for Wildlife

Our Warriors for Wildlife team provides rapid response to human-wildlife conflict events across 35 communities in northern Tanzania. Using an Open Data Kit (ODK) system, the Warriors report from the field on livestock attacks, the presence of large carnivores, and Living Wall requests. The ODK system transmits the data from a smartphone app to a central server in real time, allowing APW staff to quickly determine human-wildlife conflict hotspots and direct field staff to areas where tensions are highest.

Because Warriors for Wildlife were born and raised where they work in northern Tanzania, they understand the unique challenges faced by the local people. When a human-wildlife conflict event occurs, Warriors are often able to diffuse the situation and prevent their fellow community members from retaliating against wild animals. They also work to change long-held negative perceptions about lions and other wildlife, offering solutions and guidance for a peaceful coexistence.  

RESPONSIBILITIES OF WARRIORS FOR WILDLIFE

Warriors for Wildlife talk to community members in northern Tanzania about big cat conservation
Diffuse human-wildlife conflict events and educate local communities about the importance of conservation
Warriors for Wildlife examine the tracks of a big cat.
Monitor the presence of big cats so that community members can keep their livestock safe
A Warriors for Wildlife team member collects data from the field.
Collect and analyze real-time data from the field
A Warriors for Wildlife team member retrieves a cow that was lost at pasture.
Locate lost livestock at pasture

“I want to help people eliminate their fear of living with lions. I want them to understand that when lions are healthy, the ecosystem is in balance and the Maasai community is also healthy.”

ELVIS KISIMIR, HUMAN-WILDLIFE CONFLICT PROGRAM OFFICER

P.O. Box 11306

Arusha, Tanzania

+255 767 172 086

P.O. Box 624

Bernardsville, NJ 07924

+1 (908) 642-1540

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P.O. Box 11306

Arusha, Tanzania

+255 767 172 086

P.O. Box 624

Bernardsville, NJ 07924

+1 (908) 642-1540

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