Silent Heroes applies the transdicsiplinary approach to conservation, meaning we utilize the expertise of multiple academic disciplines when researching conservation approaches, and when applying conservation measures. Beyond this, we reach out to work hand in hand with communities who live and work at the interface with wildlife. This is where the dynamics of conservation exist, and subsequently, where real change takes place. By engaging with local community leaders, community members, and policy makers at all steps of the conservation process, we adopt a greater understanding of the issues at hand, and more importantly, we learn how to apply innovative conservation techniques that are culturally appropriate. By taking cultural context into consideration, we have witnessed a much higher success rate for long-term conservation and co-existence between humans and wildlife. The result is what we have coined ‘conservation in action’, and it doesn’t always take large amounts of funding, sophisticated social media and marketing, nor the latest technology. By applying cultural context, we find that the best approach is typically none of the above-mentioned, and rather is developed through innovation.
For more information about our work in innovative conservation, read about our Ngorongoro Bee Fence initiative to reduce human-elephant conflict in Tanzania.