Our Warriors for Wildlife are local community members selected and trained by the African People and Wildlife Fund to help promote the coexistence of people and wildlife. Many work to protect wildlife and habitats, monitoring the wildlife populations roaming outside national parks. Others are part of our targeted human-big cat conflict response team —monitoring big cat-livestock conflicts, helping pastoralists find lost cattle, and preventing lion killings. Together, they are an important force for conservation in the Maasai Steppe.
In August, we selected new candidates for the wildlife/habitat protection team over 3 days of intense trials. These individuals are now receiving training in wildlife monitoring, anti-poaching techniques, field tactics and technical skills including computer, GPS and rangefinder use. We are pleased to support a total of 14 Warriors for Wildlife now, including our first woman member of the team!
To learn more about the efforts of our big cat conflict response team, read Lions Saved From Poisoning on Tanzania’s Maasai Steppe on National Geographic’s News Watch.