The African Elephant is threatened with extinction because every year over 30,000 elephants are killed by poachers in Africa. It is estimated that every 15 minutes one elephant is killed for their ivory somewhere on the continent. Elephant Aware is a field-based project striving to reverse this trend through boots-on-the-ground anti-poaching methods, awareness, local community partnership and conservation education. Elephant Aware was founded in 2009 and is currently working to improve, as well as seek long-standing solutions, for human-elephant coexistence, wildlife security and Maasai livelihood betterment within the Siana community land, bordering the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve, in Kenya.
Elephant Aware’s LIVING WITH ELEPHANTS© is an initiative seeking long-standing solutions to current Human-Elephant-Conflict issues existing between Maasai communities and elephants in Kenya. Rapid human development, population growth, and shrinking elephant habitat are all contributing factors leading to negative confrontations between elephants and people. It is Living With Elephant’s endeavor to minimize conflict and promote a peaceful coexistence for both Maasai landowners and their wildlife heritage. The future of African elephants, and indeed all wildlife, lies in the hands of their human custodians who they live alongside.