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The Needs of People: Local Communities, Residents, Conservationists, Tour Operators, Government Agencies, Educational Institutions, Developers, Tourists & The International Community:
Food, Water, Fuel, Housing, Grazing Land, Farming Land, Education & Entertainment

The Needs of The Environment: Protection from Tree Cutting, Over-Grazing, Farming or Any Activity Destructive to Trees, Vegetation, Water and Natural Resources. Protection from Over-Population and Pollution.
Sustainable Use of Natural Environmental Resources to Ensure Survival for Future Generations.

The Needs of Wildlife: Food, Water, Habitat Range to Accommodate Food Supply. Protection from Poaching, Over-Grazing, Farming, Over-Hunting or Any Activity Destructive to Wildlife, Its Food Supply and Habitat.

Elephant: Only two members of the ancient order, Proboscidea, remain today - African and Asian elephants, the largest land animals on earth, with the biggest bulls weighing up to six and a half tons and standing over 12 feet tall. Though females are smaller, elephant society is largely matriarchal. Herds of related females and their young are led by the largest female. Adolescent and grown males live alone or in bachelor herds.
An elephant's trunk ripples with some 40,000 muscles, making it strong enough to uproot a tree, yet nimble enough to pick up a small coin. Tusks are used to dig for roots or water and to fend off the few predators audacious enough to try for a calf. In the same way that humans are left or right-handed, elephants have a dominant tusk, usually rounded and worn at the tip from use.
Though they may migrate hundreds of miles, elephants feed modestly in relation to their immense size. Their ambling walk requires little energy, giving them outstanding fuel economy.

Bio-Diversity: Varieties of plant, animal and other life forms existing in an environment.

Community Based Conservation (CBC): Supporting and empowering local communities to manage natural resources sustainably so that they benefit economically from the conservation of wildlife and the environment.

Developing Countries: A country where people work mainly at farming, mining or logging, not in industry.

Ecology: The scientific study of living things in relation to each other and to their environment.

Eco-System: All the living and non-living things in a certain area.

Eco-Tourism: Tourism which benefits local communities to improve the quality of their lives while promoting the conservation of natural resources.

Endangered: When a population is so small, it is at risk of becoming extinct.

Extinct: No longer in existence.

Foragers (Hunter-Gatherers) : People who exist by hunting, fishing and searching for food in the wild.

Habitat: The natural environment of an animal or plant.

Holistic Solutions for Conservation: Solutions which address the problems and issues facing all parties - people, the environment and wildlife - and balances the needs of each to ensure the survival of all.

Indigenous People: Native, original inhabitants of a region.

NGO: Non-government organization.

Pastoralists: People who exist by raising livestock as their primary economic activity.

Species: A biological classification comprising related organisims or populations which share common characteristics potentially capable of interbreeding.

Sustainable Resource: Using resources such as trees and wildlife in a way that ensures they will not become extinct but will be protected to flourish for the benefit of future generations.

Tazama: Swahili word meaning observe, look at, view.