Human Wildlife Conflict
We believe that the future of the Tuli wild-lands depends on meaningful and sustainable partnerships with surrounding communities and tribal authorities. Our deep rooted philanthropic and conservation passion has created various community development programs.
In our semi-arid environment, human/elephant conflict is almost always standard operating procedure as local farmers often are raided by elephants leaving the reserve and damaging crops and plantations. The Africa Experience recognises these ground level projects and our research strives to identify problem flashpoint and find solutions to benefit the farmers and the animals. As extensive research shows that elephants are often deterred by the presence of bees and beehives, and ‘bee barrier’ project is underway to help alleviate elephant conflict with local farmers. This fascinating discovery offers an organic and non-lethal solution to conflict and our research is ongoing in order to discover the most optimal designs. Community micro-businesses are also possible in the form of bee-handlers and the production of ‘elephant friendly honey’.
We also take pride in running numerous educational workshops and programs in partnership with the Mathathane primary school. In an effort to share our vision and envelope the ‘community partnership’ concept, kids visit our concession and make use of the camp facilities. Is the future of conservation not in the hands of our future leaders?
Visits to village sites outside are highly recommended.