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Meet the Zimbabwean millennial protecting her country's wildlife

Photo of a Edith John, community wildlife scout in Lower Zambezi landscape

What do millennials want? How can we run institutions that millennials actually want to work in? Why are millennials killing industries and traditions? Is avocado on toast really the defining millennial cuisine that we have been led to believe it is?

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Fishers on the Zambezi River fight illegal wildlife trade

Photo of Zambezi River fisherman who works with local authorities to stop illegal trafficking

“Do you have a favorite animal?” I ask Jealous Alafai, a 52-year-old Zimbabwean fisherman along the Zambezi River.

He chuckles and says, “Of course I do!”

“Which is?”

“The elephant, because it is my totem.”

“What do you mean?”

“In our culture, we don’t eat our totem animals. In fact, we respect them.”

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Chili peppers stop human-elephant conflict in northern Zimbabwe

Photo of four elephants in wooded area in Lower Zambezi savannah landscape

One fine morning in 2019, Chenjerai Chimukoro woke up to a herd of nearly 70 elephants in his farm working their way through his sorghum, cotton, and maize plants. He knew that he had to act fast to save what was left of the crop and ensure that his family would have something to eat come harvest time. Luckily, he was prepared.

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Nurturing community conservation in Cameroon against all odds

Photo of river passing through Dja Faunal Reserve in southern Cameroon

You finish your last meeting in a nearby town at 4 p.m. You are tired and ready to head home. You have made this trip many times before and know it takes exactly three hours. After all, yours is usually the only car on the road, so traffic jams are not a consideration.

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Sustainable cocoa turns Cameroon’s farmers into conservation champions

Photograph of woman cocoa farmer smiling and digging into her sustainable cocoa bean crop

Florence Louma is a happy woman. During the last cocoa harvest in early 2019, she made a profit of over USD $1,700, making her the top-earning female cocoa farmer in Kagnnole village, Somalomo, at the border of Dja Faunal Reserve in eastern Cameroon.

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