Krissie Clark, Ally Namangaya &
(the late) Wayne Lotter, Directors
A Big Tusker
One of a precious few remaining
PAMS Foundation is a Tanzania-based not-for-profit conservation organisation, whose mission is to sustain and conserve biodiversity, wilderness areas, key habitats, and ecological processes through actions that benefit nature and communities.
Among its achievements, PAMS Foundation has played a critical role in helping to turn around Tanzania’s elephant poaching crisis. PAMS Foundation partners with Tanzania’s National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit (NTSCIU).
More recently, PAMS has been supporting the close collaboration and integration of operations between this elite task force and a newly-created special wildlife and forestry crime unit under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT). This innovative multi-agency intelligence-led approach to wildlife protection targets poachers, buyers and high-level traders in urban areas, followed by thorough and professional case preparation and prosecution to secure convictions.
PAMS Foundation also works with rangers and communities in and around conservation areas, providing training, environmental education, human-wildlife conflict mitigation strategies and wildlife protection support. PAMS has been providing conservation support to Tanzania since early 2009.
Tragically, on the 16th August 2017 Wayne Lotter, a leading conservationist and one of PAMS' Directors, died in the line of duty. His contribution to conservation was immense and he will be sorely missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing and working with him. However, his legacy will live on through his dedicated colleagues at PAMS and their incredible work.
What PAMS does
Support wildlife trafficking law enforcement
Provide anti-poaching strategies as well as necessary equipment and operational support
Train rangers, law enforcement officers and intelligence agents
Support community conservation projects, including human-wildlife conflict mitigation and environmental education
How Olsen Animal Trust helps
Protection of elephants in The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) via sponsorship of a collaring and monitoring programme
The programme facilitates:
the analysis of field and tracking data that can be used by trusted law enforcement teams to ensure the protection of the elephant
population in this area
the determination of hotspot areas for human-elephant conflict (HEC) enabling mitigation measures to be implemented
The OAT sponsored programme also assists with the monitoring of black rhino in the NCA
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The brand new elephant collars
Jeff and Nicola Olsen being shown the OAT sponsored elephant collars by Donatus Gadiye, Head of Elephant Monitoring for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
An elephant being collared
Elephant collaring is an important part of PAMS work to enable them to understand the herds movements and pre-empt any possible human, wildlife conflict issues.
Lotter, a big tusker named after Wayne
Several magnificent big tuskers still roam the Ngorongoro Crater and PAMS are working hard to ensure they are protected. OAT is proud to be sponsoring an elephant protection and monitoring programme managed by PAMS in this region.
The Olsen's meet with the team
The Olsen's took a trip to Tanzania in early 2018 giving them the opportunity to see the project on the ground, catch up with PAMS director Krissie Clarke and meet Donatus Gadiye, Head of Elephant Monitoring.
One of the data collection teams
Besides visual sightings, elephants are being monitored through dung counts in the thick forested area inside and outside the crater. Each transect is walked once a month and all dung located within a 4m bandwidth is counted and the GPS location is recorded.
Ngorongoro Crater is a conservation gem and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
High density lion populations
Interesting fact: Ngorongoro has the highest density of lion and spotted hyena in the world!
Humans & wildlife living side-by-side
PAMS contribute significantly to community conservation which is a cornerstone of wildlife protection. They work together with indigenous people who still live side-by-side with wildlife in the Ngorongoro area.
Ngorongoro is the best-protected and largest stronghold for rhino in Tanzania. OAT is delighted the elephant monitoring programme also benefits the monitoring of rhino in the same area.
For further information on the work of PAMS please visit pamsfoundationtanzania.org