BHP HIPPO AND ELEPHANT PROTECTION PROJECT
Elephants and Hippos are integral to continued tourism and biodiversity in the Niassa Reserve. Both species are, however, the victims of ongoing threats including habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict due to current land and river use practices in the Reserve.
This project seeks to address the lack of data regarding size, distribution and location of these two species. This data will then be used to:
(1) guide human-wildlife conflict mitigation strategies and future land use planning; and
(2) develop pilot models for community based natural resource management founded on successful ‘community conservancy’ models in Kenya.
These pilot models will address human-elephant conflict and the sustainable management of the Lugenda River.