This month, the Wildlife Wood Project spent almost two weeks in the field working closely with certain communities. Our partner NGO, Association de Terre et Vie (ASTEVI), has been working with the ZSL since 2009 on general outreach and communications. This year, with the development of a community surveillance network that will implicate communities in wildlife protection during their routine activities in the forest, ASTEVI has very specific goals of helping us pass a clear message about how community members can denounce illegal and unsustainable poaching activities. While the surveillance network is still in the early phases of development, ASTEVI visited the implicated communities to remind community members about wildlife laws, their access rights to the forest, and the importance of defending the forest against illegal users. Below are some pictures from the outreach events where PowerPoint presentations, music, and storytelling were used to get the messages across.
In some communities, participation was so high there weren't enough chairs! People piled into the community halls to learn about the importance of participating in the community surveillance network to protect their physical security in the forest against poachers who are well-armed, as well as to protect their nutritional well-being considering their dependence on wildlife for daily sustenance.
These "roadshows" have been very popular in communities. Most nights, the village is dark, but the roadshow comes with entertainment for people of all ages.
Backstage, there are sometimes unforeseen problems that complicate the work on the ground. This last time there was a problem with the generator, and ASTEVI had to rent generators in various participating villages. Fortunately, generators are easily found in almost every village because of the relative frequence of family events such as weddings and funerals.
Select a blog
Every month one of the pieces held in ZSL’s Library and at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo will feature here as Artefact of the month.
Get the latest on ZSL's conservation work in Asia.
Find out more about life in our B.U.G.S exhibit
A new Open Access journal for research at the interface of remote sensing, ecology and conservation.
See the latest ranges, updates and special offers from our exciting new online shop.
Excerpts from ZSL's award winning members' magazine.
A blog for lovers of ZSL London Zoo. Bringing you amazing animal facts and exclusive access to the world's scientific oldest zoo.
Discover more about the UK's biggest zoo with our fun blog posts!
Join the ZSL Discovery and Learning team as they venture out of the zoo and in to the wild.
Catch up on our latest Conservation Blogs
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo's elephant keepers give an insight into the daily goings on in the elephant barn.
Read about conservation of tigers in Asia.
One man is boldly going where no other ZSL videographer has gone before - the land of Mountain Chicken Frogs.
From the field, to the lab, catch up with the scientists on the cutting edge of conservation biology at ZSL’s Institute of Zoology.
The Wildlife Wood Project has been working in Cameroon since 2007 to encourage better wildlife management in logging concessions.
Updates from penguin conservation expeditions to Antarctica
Amur leopard conservation blog
Meet ZSL Whipsnade Zoo's latest (and leggiest) arrival, a baby giraffe!
Follow the ZSL Biodiversity and Palm Oil team, based in Bogor, Indonesia.
The Chagos marine reserve, designated in 2010 and currently the world’s largest no take marine reserve, is a sought-after spot for marine research.
Follow ZSL conservationists studying desert baboons in Namibia.