Community Outreach

Wild Shots student attending elephant collaring

Community engagement, upliftment and education
It is Elephants Alive’s belief that to ensure the long-term preservation of these free-ranging elephants, it is critical to empower, inform and involve local impoverished communities.

Classroom activities

Elephants Alive are supporting and actively engaging with:

    • The Maseke and Mshishimale rural communities, west of Kruger,in a region where poaching is unfortunately an issue. Elephants Alive runs education programmes with local schools, including puppet shows and 500 children participating in the annual “Global March for Elephants and Rhinos”.
Black Mamba talking about elephants to local community
  • The Black Mamba all-female anti-poaching patrols, thereby empowering black women, improving community liaison efforts and providing inspirational role models for young learners.
Wild Shots student seeing his first ever elephant
    • Wild Shots Photography Outreach to further Elephants Alive’s educational outreach into communities to the west of Kruger as well as within the Makuleke Community in the north of the Park. Wild Shots engages young people from disadvantaged communities in wildlife, wild places and conservation through photography. Despite living within a few kilometers of Kruger, most of these young learners have never visited a wilderness area before, or seen wildlife at first-hand. Wild Shots Educational Outreach teaches new skills, providing a “focus” and introduction to the natural world and helps raise the aspirations of these learners – the conservationists of tomorrow. Students have tracked elephants and attended elephant collarings with their cameras, and an exhibition of their work was attended by more than 600 people in the Namagale community.
      See more details about Wild Shots Outreach partnership with Elephants Alive – stories and pics.
Michelle involving the local community in elephant tracking

Programme Director Dr. Michelle Henley is also a qualified teacher, giving presentations to schools, community leaders, conservation bodies and coordinating bush school programs with local impoverished children. She has also written and illustrated children’s books on elephant conservation.

Aerial view of 500 school children with Elephants Alive during the Global March for Elephants and Rhino
Ronnie Makukule delivering a conservation themed puppet show