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The Tanzania Elephant Protection Society (TEPS)

Whilst there have been periods of poaching of Tanzania's elephants throughout the last century, the last period of intensive poaching was 2009-2013 when the country lost a shocking half of its population with 2/3 of elephants lost in Selous Game reserve (now Nyerere National Park). Whilst poaching of elephants was rife throughout the country during this period, Selous suffered most with a population that dropped from 40,000 to just 13,000 in the space of a few years. Something had to be done and fast. A Tent with a View together with the late Dr Alfred Kikoti joined together to form a pressure group called the TEPS (Tanzania Elephant Protection Society) and brought together all prominent East African conservationists and government ministers together in one room and with several members of the government who were on side, we managed to persuade the Ministry of Wildlife that there was an enormous poaching problem in the country and urgent action was needed. We were asked to form a task force to present our findings to the Wildlife Division of the government, who, as a result of such findings, allocated funding to form anti-poaching patrols throughout the country. We are extremely proud to say that this is perhaps our largest achievement to date and we feel directly responsible for helping to save many more previously doomed elephants and halting the ivory trade in Tanzania for a while. The road is a long one but we have made huge headway and seen a commitment from the government.

Doctors on Safari

This Tent with a View initiative began in 2011.  Doctors on Safari brought 3rd year medical students out to Tanzania from Southampton University for a month long medical elective to during July & August.  In year 1, we received a huge number of applications from which just 2 students were chosen to come out to either Selous or Saadani.  The students identified what medical facilities there currently were in each village.  From there the medical students processed the data and set out what was needed in order of priority and how best to go about getting supplies and also the best way to train local nursing personnel.  This was a big challenge for our young medics who needed to use initiative in a place with very little knowledge and learn to utilise what was available. Training of village medical personnel was a big part of this initiative. The students were looked after at Sable Mountain Lodge and Simply Saadani Camp for the duration and rewarded with a safari or two at the end of their elective.