Segments in this Video

Human/Animal Interaction (03:35)


Beehives and wire create a barrier between areas of land cultivation and a nature reserve. Elephants were destroying the crops of Mpunga villagers.

Community Benefits (02:56)

Mpunga locals discuss the benefits of elephant tourism; it is more profitable than poaching. At Ndzou Camp, villagers work as waiters, guides, guards, nursery workers, and more.

International Support (04:43)

In 2008, a British charity working in Mozambique taught Mpunga locals how to maintain forest and plant trees for carbon sequestration; deforested areas are recovering. World Bank helped build a tourist lodge and establish the nature reserve boundaries.

Understanding and Change (05:53)

Waitress Rute Fernando Ranguana explains the role of women in Mpunga society; after marrying, they have no rights. She values education and wants a profession; she is saving money for school by working at Ndzou Camp.

Credits: Ndzou Camp (00:14)

Credits: Ndzou Camp

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Ndzou Camp

Part of the Series : Fighting Deforestation in Endangered Rainforests
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Ndzou Camp (‘Ndzou’ means ‘elephant’ in the local language) began when farmers encroaching on protected forest in the foothills of Mozambique’s Chimanimani Mountains complained about forest elephants raiding their subsistence crops. Instead of removing the endangered elephants, a clever plan to diminish elephant-human conflict was formed in which the humans who were deepest in the forest were relocated, while the remaining land was protected and reforested. Additionally, a barrier of bee hives and hot pepper plants was built to deter the elephants from the corn fields. The community now has an eco-lodge focused on elephant tourism, the first school in the area, and a growing business producing honey, fruit, and hot peppers. Highlighting the connection between economic opportunities, education, and progressive attitudes towards women and their roles in society, the program demonstrates the power of changing attitudes in rural communities, and the importance of creating partnerships that drive real change.

Length: 18 minutes

Item#: FMK189208

ISBN: 978-1-64623-584-1

Copyright date: ©2014

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