We work with local communities to resolve human-elephant conflict

About Wild Survivors

Mission

Our mission is to prevent human-elephant conflict by delivering sustainable initiatives which place comminity welfare at the heart of wildlife conservation.

Vision

Our vision is for the elephants in Tanzania to have freedom of movement between migration zones, and a secure, stable habitat, which supports a bio-diverse ecosystem. Our goal is to provide the tools, training and materials to support communities across Northern Tanzania, with passive solutions to human-elephant conflict. We aim to install 1.75km of beehive fence with 175 beehives, on the border of Ngorongoro Crater,  and 5km of beehive fence with 250 beehives on the border of Tarangire National Park. Communities in both districts of Karatu and Babati will receive beekeepers’ training, a honey and wax market chain, and iniatives in biofuel to protect the forests and elephant habitat from tree felling.

We build our human-elephant coexistence projects on four core priorities: Wildlife, Community, Bees, Forests.
View how these key elements inform our project activities here.

OUR TEAMS

Leadership

Francesca Mahoney Wild Survivors

FRANCESCA MAHONEY

Founder and Director

Francesca trained in Broadcast Journalism, with a specialism in foreign correspondence. Previously, she worked in Tanzania and South Africa, with the monitoring of elephants, and community development. Francesca established Wild Survivors in 2016, following the elephant poaching epidemic, with a mission to create sustainable solutions to human-elephant conflict. She is responsible for the day-to-day running of the charity: Project management, marketing, donor recruitment, and media relations.

Beth Lewis-Whelan

BETH LEWIS-WHELAN

Conservation Science Manager

Beth holds an MSc in Primate Conservation, with her research specialising in the illegal wildlife trade in Indonesia, and the welfare of civets for the kopi luwak industry. Beth’s passion for East African wildlife and communities was fuelled by a position with Olepangi Farm Lodge as a horse riding safari guide in Kenya. Beth assists in the development and delivery of our projects, including and data management and the designing of our Monitoring and Analysis Framework.

Tanzania Operations

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GERVAS LUBUVA

Logistics and Project Coordinator

Gervas has a mass of experience and knowledge of Tanzania, and was born and raised in the North of the country, his village bordering what is now known as Tarangire National Park. Gervas has an impressive enclyclopedic knowledge of elephants, the environment and other wildlife. With a background in tour operation, Gervas has built a reputation for his integrity, around the clock work ethic, and unquie humour, with tourists and villagers alike. Gervas coordinates our project activities, field team communication, and continued community engagement.

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MASALU JOHN MASAKA

Data and Research Coordinator

Albert Mshanga

ALBERT MSHANGA

Honouree TZ Trustee

Community Field Team

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BEEKEEPING TEACHER

Hermant Luciani

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BEEKEEPING TEACHER

Sirily Clement

Bee Guardians

BEE GUARDIANS

John Massey

Deogratius Domician

PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

Our Boards

Board of Trustees
Advisory Board