The meeting included representatives from Congo, Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad
, the Central African Republic, Gabon, Niger, Mali, Togo, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Guinea, who agreed on a resolution to protect elephants.
TEP Directors Charles and Lara Foley hope to be able to work with staff at Manyara Ranch to train scouts and monitor elephant movement into and out of the ranch.
The project, supported by the USFWS African Elephant Conservation Fund
, will add to the scientific understanding of elephants in the Kwakuchinja Corridor and southern part of AWF's Maasai Steppe Heartland and will be useful in informing conservation efforts at the new Mkungunero Game Reserve, an important part of the elephant corridor directly south of Tarangire National Park.
TEP Directors Charles and Lara Foley have been studying the Tarangire elephant population since 1993 using techniques developed by the Amboseli Elephant Research Project.
original research focused on the long-term effects of poaching on elephant
population dynamics and has since expanded to include elephant ranging patterns in Tarangire National Park and the resulting human-wildlife conflicts.
Over the years TEP
has evolved from a research project into an effective elephant conservation effort.
Working closely with AWF
and other elephant conservationists, TEP
's goal is to find a balance for the people and wildlife by keeping rangeland open to the elephants while making the presence of these formidable animals beneficial to the people who also live off that land.
In general, Charles Foley
study on the Northern sub-population, one of the three sub-populations in Tarangire National Park.
performs census counts, monitors births and deaths, and makes behavioral observations.
Using photographs of distinctive elephant features like ears, tusks and vein patterns, Foley
has catalogued 1,100 individuals in 32 family groups.