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Susan Canney

Susan Canney is the Director of the Mali Elephant Project, having worked on a variety of nature conservation projects in Africa, Asia and Europe, and as a research officer at the Green College Centre for Environmental Policy & Understanding. A Research Associate of the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, a Trustee of Tusk Trust, and a member of the African Elephant Specialist Group, she has co-authored a recently published book on "Conservation" for Cambridge University Press, which takes a global perspective to bring conservation to the heart of sustainability and environmental policy.

Ground-breaking initial success in protecting Mali’s elephants, but it must be sustained

Despite a surge in poaching combined with a deepening insurgency Mali has deployed its first ever anti-poaching unit to protect the remarkable desert-adapted elephants. Although it is very early days, no poaching has occurred since. How did it happen and what does it take to sustain this success?