|Grantee||Southern Tanzania Elephant Program ↗|
|Target||African savanna elephant, Udzungwa red colobus|
Preventing Extinction Fund – Protected Area Rapid Response Award
Southern Tanzania Elephant Program (STEP) will protect, restore, and designate a critical wildlife corridor under community management to connect Tanzania’s western and southern elephant meta-populations and reduce acute human-wildlife conflict. This landscape is home to over 30,000 elephants, comprising approximately 35% of East Africa’s elephant population. Securing this corridor between the Udzungwa Mountains National Park and the Magombera forests will maintain critical habitat connectivity for elephants and leopards and help conserve endemic species, including the Udzungwa red colobus and Magombera Single-horned chameleon. This grant was made under the Preventing Extinction Fund, a joint initiative of QRFN and Rainforest Trust.
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