Sometimes Funding Takes a Detour and Finds Yet Another Great Destination!
Last year we agreed to fund participation at a symposium on elephants for the program coordinator at the Biodiversity & Elephant Conservation Trust. Agreements were reached, funds were transferred….and then the symposium was cancelled. Initially, it was expected that the meeting would be rescheduled. But as the months passed with no further announcements, what to do with the funds?
The Biodiversity & Elephant Conservation Trust teaches awareness programs in poor rural schools. The programs are carried out in areas where there are conflicts between humans and wild elephants, where both humans and elephants die and where there is much crop and property damage.
The school programs are very useful as they show the children the reasons for the need to conserve elephants and how this can be done. These programs introduce the children to all aspects of the elephant including its physiology, biology, reproduction, home ranges, family life, etc. The programs give examples of how they can implement effective elephant conservation strategies.