MPILLS - Wildlife Connection
Elephants are the largest land animals on earth, and have a long and complicated history of co-existing with humans.  They are known and admired by many of us for the deep social bonds they share with one another, their long memories, and their extraordinary intelligence.  To others, their value is measured by the almost insatiable market demand for their ivory.  For most rural Africans who share the landscape with them, elephants are known above all to be extremely dangerous and destructive, where they are a notorious threat to people’s lives, and livelihoods.  PhD Candidate Sarah Maisonneuve will share her experience during the past 5 years working with local communities in rural Tanzania, who struggle to coexist with elephants.  You will learn about the drivers and consequences of human elephant conflict in East Africa.  You will also learn about some of the novel approaches being tested to mitigate this conflict, designed to simultaneously improve human livelihoods and protect elephants.
Bio for Sarah Day Maisonneuve
Sarah  is a PhD Candidate in Ecology at Colorado State University, studying human-elephant conflict in Tanzania.  She is also the Founder and Director of Wildlife Connection, an international NGO in Tanzania dedicated to improving human livelihoods and protecting elephants.  Sarah has had a lifelong fascination with Africa and realized her dream of travelling there for the first time in 1998, when she spent 5 months backpacking from Kenya to South Africa.  She earned her BSc in Biology from the University of Colorado in 2003 and has returned to East Africa nearly every year since.  Sarah is passionate about working at the interface of human and natural systems to identify solutions compatible with both human development, and wildlife conservation.
Sarah Day Maisonneuve
Project Director, MPILLS- Wildlife Connection
PhD Candidate, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Colorado State University