Ambassador Shubert Mwarabu: Update from Tanzania
Tanzania has lost 60% of it's elephant population in just FIVE years, census reveals.
Government data shows large scale poaching for ivory as number of elephants in Tanzania drops from 109,051 in 2009 to 43,330 in 2014.
This month we raised $820 for our ambassador, Shubert Mwarabu, to support conservation efforts in his country. We will also be sending him a new iPad to replace his broken tablet he needs when he travels. As a small nonprofit, our work is dependent on the generosity of our supporters and we are so grateful for everyone who donated - THANK YOU!
How the funds will be used:
To help fund Shubert and his team's documentary "Jamii na Uhifadhi" (Swahili), which in English means "Communities in Conservation". It highlights the challenges of communities feeling that they are not directly involved. In reality, studies show that when communities are involved in conservation, wildlife populations rise. It will address challenges and opportunities to develop conservation and protect wildlife as Shubert leads the way to inspire youths to be in ambassadors in conservation.
Once completed, funds will be used to organize screenings of the documentary in communities throughout Tanzania and call for their involvement in conservation.
Shubert's past successes that need our continued funds and support:
Media has prioritized reporting conservation issues since Shubert has been interviewed in many of Tanzania's press outlets on TV and radio.
Continuously raising awareness through his music and school presentations to report wildlife crime, bring it into the light, raise knowledge and gain community involvement.
Shubert has met with many politicians/parliament members to raise the voice in parliament, get them more involved and push for actions. This is an effort that needs to be continued.
Continue to build a network of conservation ambassadors who educate their local communities in their areas of residence.
Continue to form conservation clubs in more schools and colleges, many have already been established.
More engagement by community leaders who are now taking the lead in involving their communities in conservation.
More about Shubert Mwarabu:
Shubert's deep passion for wildlife led him to start the social media cause “Me Against Poaching", which became a one-man lead initiative with a big impact. He teaches through music and interactive presentations in schools throughout Tanzania to raise awareness about poaching and declining wildlife populations. So far, Shubert has reached over 8,000 students in his country. His efforts have led to more widespread awareness about the poaching crisis, & engages communities to participate in caring for wildlife. He's conducted several interviews on the country’s radio stations, and is having a tremendous impact spreading the important message of wildlife conservation. Kids in his country call him “Mr. Activist” and “Elephant Man” when they see him and ask questions like “How many elephants were killed or rescued this week?” It’s these inspiring moments that give him hope, and remind him that the work he is doing is making a difference.
Shubert has been chosen for the Mandela Washington Fellowship - Young African Leaders Initiative and will attend in Washington, DC this summer 2017.
National Geographic covered Shubert's work in an article HERE.
Shubert was again featured in a National Geographic article in 2016 HERE.