Save elephants: help reduce
human-elephant conflict!

Like humans, elephants are social animals that communicate with each other. These highly intelligent animals have a long gestation period – after a 22-month pregnancy calves are nursed for more than six years after birth. Their strong familial bond doesn’t end there: several family units form clans, similar to how some cultures operate such as in the Chinese tradition.

The survival of elephants has been under threat not just from poaching, but from encroaching human activity on their habitat, often leading to human-elephant conflict.

Human-elephant conflict (HEC) causes significant impacts on community livelihoods and contributes to the loss of critically endangered wildlife. Elephants raiding crops damage livelihoods, reduce food security for farmers, and sometimes cause injury or death. In Tanzania, human-elephant conflict is to blame for 90 elephants killed each year, while the number of human deaths has increased from 39 in 2017 to 96 in 2019. Meanwhile, Tanzanian farmers since 2010 have claimed nearly HK$6 million in crop damage caused by elephants.

The Tembo-Pilipili project (which means “elephant-chili” in Swahili) is an innovative initiative that focuses on local conservation efforts to reduce conflict and create new economic opportunities for farmers and elephants to thrive. Farmers use chili crops as fences to deter elephants, which are physically averse to chili, from encroaching on their farmland.

The practice thus ensures that farmers living near protected areas in Tanzania sustainably mitigate human-elephant conflict by implementing low-cost humane strategies. It also fosters a culture of coexistence by employing proven mitigation methods, thereby reducing retaliation while offering economic benefits to the community.

So far, the project has enlisted 3,240 Tanzanian farmers who now use chili fences to protect their crops from elephant invasions and has helped 107 community-based organisations to improve farmer livelihoods in recent years.

This project uses farmer-to-farmer training to educate landowners living in HEC hotspots on the use of chili fences to protect fields from elephants and empowers farmers to take responsibility and ownership of crop protection and wildlife conservation. The method has proven highly effective in deterring elephants from raiding crops, with no fence breaks reported over the last four years in project sites around Mikumi, Tarangire, Bariadi, Ruaha, Manyara, and Ngorongoro. In the coming year, we plan to continue implementing the project in these six landscapes, while expanding this community-based strategy in other priority elephant landscapes in Tanzania, as well as introducing the initiative to a pilot site in Kenya.

We need your help to save wild elephants and reduce human-elephant conflict using an effective solution.

Target: HK$ 552,500 to train 1,300 farmers





Thank you:

Wing Shun Yip has donated HK$380.00
Long Kin Or has donated HK$850.00
Wai Yan Cheung has donated HK$425.00
King ho Lui has donated HK$425.00
Wing Chung Anthony Chan has donated HK$20,000.00
Kenneth Chan has donated HK$300.00
Yin fong Lo has donated HK$100.00
AR MY has donated HK$10.00
Pui Ki Wong has donated HK$425.00
Keaon Lau has donated HK$850.00
NGA KI LAU has donated HK$100.00
李月彩 has donated HK$850.00
Hang tun claudia Kwok has donated HK$850.00
Wai lon Cheong has donated HK$1,275.00
Yuen Hung has donated HK$850.00
Wing Hin LEUNG has donated HK$10,000.00
Suk Fan Wong has donated HK$500.00
Hung To Antonio Cheng has donated HK$850.00
HANG LAM CHAN has donated HK$850.00
Chun pong Cheung has donated HK$2,550.00
Cammy Ho has donated HK$850.00
LEE HOI KIT has donated HK$2,550.00
Kit yee Wong has donated HK$425.00
Stephanie LEE has donated HK$100.00
Eric YU has donated HK$850.00
Adela Iglesias has donated HK$100.00
Peggy Yu has donated HK$200.00
Fun Hung TAM has donated HK$850.00
Yuk Lin Ng has donated HK$200.00
Chin Yiu Fung has donated HK$100.00
Chin Ching Fung has donated HK$100.00
Siu Ching Chau has donated HK$1,275.00
Jan YU has donated HK$850.00
LAI YIN CHEUNG has donated HK$100.00
PUI IN WONG has donated HK$100.00
Sheung Ki Tse has donated HK$850.00
Yuk chee Lee has donated HK$100.00
Ka Yiu So has donated HK$100.00
KATHY SO has donated HK$425.00
Jeffrey Lai has donated HK$425.00
Chak San Sandra Tang has donated HK$100.00
Hau fa Lam has donated HK$425.00
Fu Tak YUE has donated HK$850.00
Chung Yuen Cheng has donated HK$100.00
Yee Ming Ho has donated HK$850.00
Cheung Yiu Leung has donated HK$850.00
Yue Han has donated HK$425.00
HOI KAR CHIANG has donated HK$850.00
CHING MAN LEUNG has donated HK$350.00
WAI LING YU has donated HK$300.00
Lina To has donated HK$100.00
Wing Po Chan has donated HK$850.00
Irene Pun has donated HK$850.00
馮旭瑩 has donated HK$50.00
Sheng Yi Lee has donated HK$100.00
Hiu Kan Chan has donated HK$850.00
YUK PAN CHEUNG has donated HK$850.00
KEN LIANG has donated HK$850.00
Cheuk Yiu Wong has donated HK$850.00
Hau Wan Wandy Chan has donated HK$850.00
Queenie Yau has donated HK$850.00
Roy Yeung has donated HK$200.00
CHOR YING CHU has donated HK$100.00
Man hing Lai has donated HK$100.00
梁少芳 has donated HK$50.00
Grace Andres has donated HK$100.00
Dorothy May Yue Leung has donated HK$850.00
Kwai ting Lee has donated HK$100.00
Peter Kwok has donated HK$850.00
Wai Shan Lai has donated HK$850.00
Lai fong Tse has donated HK$200.00
Kai yee Lee has donated HK$100.00
Catherine Chung has donated HK$850.00
Aries Shum has donated HK$100.00
Savanna Lo has donated HK$100.00
Koey Yung has donated HK$100.00
Kary Yung has donated HK$100.00
Wing Chiu Chan has donated HK$100.00
Choi Hung Law has donated HK$425.00
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