From his years in Iraq, Faye Cuevas, lieutenant-colonel in the u.s. army, was selected as the field data was essential to fight terrorist networks. Opponents invisible, organized, and with local supports… just like the poachers. Affected by the following operations in Africa, this American has decided to put the methods of counter-terrorism at the service of the protection of large threatened mammals.

” there are a lot of similarities. In Iraq, a key problem was that the information existed but was not always to the good people, ” says, Ray-Ban Aviator on the nose, the one who, after having spent twenty one years in the army, is now a vice-president of the international Fund for animal welfare (IFAW),. “Down there, it’s the same thing,” she adds, while its 4 × 4 leading to the region of Amboseli, in the south-east of Kenya.

This vast ecosystem, including a national park and all the surrounding territories, famous for its wildlife, including its elephants, is the sixth Kenya to host the program ” TenBoma “. This name is derived from a local belief according to which ten bomas, or villages, are safe if they watch out for each other.

This initiative – that the IFAW has conducted since 2015, with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS, authority for the protection of wildlife) and that this year received 1.2 million euros from the european Union (EU), was based on the collection of information from residents in order to save endangered animals, elephants and lions in particular, but also giraffes, antelope…

Convince the villagers

for instance, in Amboseli, the Maasai are at the heart of the project. They know their land as a person and know everything that is going on there. The first witnesses, they are sometimes also the primary actors of the poaching, a concept vague in this savannah, where the…