Our trainers have been busy in Mali and the Central African Republic, so we've got lots of news to update you on!
Discover how working with our partners in Mali on an aerial surveillance programme is a having a positive effect on elephant populations, read about what our detention dogs have been up to in the Dzanga Sangha Protected Area, find out which trainer we (sadly) got to say 'goodbye' to and make sure you join us in our fight against poaching.
News from Mali:
In the Gourma in Mali it is dry season and temperatures can go up to 50 degrees celsius. There are constant landmine and small ambushes on all security personnel and they have just verified that there has still been no poaching on the Gourma elephants. This is all part of the dissuasion tactics Chengeta is using in this tense environment.
Chengeta is also delighted to announce that aerial surveillance is now up and running in Mali. This means that, from the air, we can start to accurately count the number of elephants and assess the degradation of the ecosystems resulting from the conflict & from climate change.
Working in partnership with WILD Foundation and Mali Elephant Project, our team on the ground in Mali fly a microlight, so that there are minimal pollutants into the environment. Flying a microlight around a conflict zone, with high winds and dust storms, is very brave of Alistair and Franck but shows the dedication of our team for which we are extremely thankful.
News from the Central African Republic: We have just trained another group of rangers in tactics and techniques adapted to the special local circumstances. After a couple of weeks of serious training, we went out on operations into areas hammered by organised poachers. During these operations, a big emphasis is on community liaison and sensitisation of illegal miners that sometimes collaborate with the poachers.
We also arrested 8 suspected poachers seizing their firearms, ammunition, equipment and sadly two pieces of ivory.
In the Dzanga Sangha Protected Area the unit including all staff, rangers and trainers are dedicated to continuing to stop these illicit networks! The fight continues!
The Chengeta Wildlife detection dogs Mitch and Bobbi are loving their beautiful new kennels in the Central African Republic. They have now developed close bonds with their handlers and continue to enjoy their surroundings and their exciting work which to them of course is just a fun game!
Fantastic news from both areas! These two situations are part of our successful methods that we use as our doctrine has to be adapted to meet local conditions in vastly different countries and situations.
A big THANK YOU to you as we can collectively celebrate all of these accomplishments.
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Other news: Nigel Kuhn leaves Chengeta After nearly four years of dedicated and passionate work in some of the most dangerous and austere environments on the planet, Nigel has decided it is time to take a break and spend some quality time with family and friends and follow his passion for photography.
We will always be grateful for his enormous efforts, positive and can do attitude, his sense of humour and the knowledge and experience he brought to the rangers and the Chengeta team.
He will always be part of the Chengeta family. Thank you for everything, Nigel!