Tanzanian farmers keeping peckish elephants at bay

African elephants are wreaking havoc on farms in Tanzania © Gerard D. Hertel, West Chester University, Bugwood.org

It’s good news for the savanna ecosystem that the elephant population of East Africa has increased in recent years, but bad news for farmers whose crops are being devoured by these giant pests. Wildlife services’ successful anti-poaching campaigns and an increased designation of land to national parks has helped elephant population numbers to recover. However, with the concurrent expansion of farmland, there are now more frequent encounters between man and beast. Continue reading