Garnering Community Input and Support

“We are working closely with the community to ensure a strong partnership that benefits the residents of Tehama County and provides a healthy environment for the elephants."

Dr. Joel Parrot

President & CEO, Oakland Zoo

Having the support of the Tehama County community is of utmost importance to us. The public was included early in the Environmental Impact Report scoping process and all comments were greatly appreciated and taken into account. Initial outreach activities have been very successful including a special event at the Tehama County Public Library where children donated elephant-related books, listened to fun elephant stories, learned about the Tembo Preserve, and explored elephant artifacts courtesy of the Oakland Zoo. We look forward to continuing to reach out to local residents, schools, and families about the many community benefits the Tembo Preserve will provide, including:

Protection of the Natural Habitat in Perpetuity

The Tembo Preserve Foundation is committed to ensuring that the creation of the Preserve has minimal impacts to the existing habitat and the surrounding environment.

Prior to the commencement of any construction, baseline conditions within the property will be assessed and this data will be used to design the Preserve in a manner that minimizes impact to the land to the greatest extent possible.  An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is currently being prepared for the project that will research, analyze and study the following environmental topics in detail:

  • Aesthetics
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Resources
  • Air Quality
  • Biological Resources
  • Cultural Resources
  • Geology/Soils
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Hazards and Hazardous Materials
  • Hydrology/Water Quality
  • Land Use and Planning
  • Noise
  • Public Services
  • Transportation/Traffic
  • Utilities/Service Systems (Energy)

Once all approvals are in place and Phase One of the project is complete, the Foundation is committed to the responsible management of Tembo Preserve land to ensure long term quality habitat for native species. A “Master Plan” will be developed to provide a coordinated approach to invasive species control, native habitat enhancement, and public education:

  • Invasive Species Control—Control, and where feasible, eradicate highly invasive non-native species that severely compromise existing habitat values.
  • Grassland Protection and Enhancement—Protect and enhance historic grassland habitat.
  • Native Revegetation—Successfully revegetate areas where heavy infestations of invasive species have displaced grasslands and other natural cover types.
  • Species Protection—Protection of notable plant and animal species existing in the Preserve.
  • Public Outreach and Education—Educate the public on invasive species and the importance of native plants to habitats.

Cultural and Education Impact

As the Tembo Preserve project evolves, opportunities will arise for special lectures, workshops, speaker series, and other special events available to the public. Our partners have worked in the field for decades researching African elephants in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and Namibia and possess a wealth of knowledge, facts, and amazing stories to share.

Tembo Preserve Foundation is developing engaging education opportunities available to the public that will create awareness about the fascinating world of wild animals, and foster a sense of responsibility to care for and conserve them and their habitats. On-site programs to include small group tours, as well as school field trips where children will learn about elephants and their conservation needs. Off-site opportunities to include distance learning for elementary through college levels, interactive elephant cameras, and fun, web-based life science programs for classrooms.

A Tembo Preserve informational booth will be installed at the Tehama County Visitor Center to inform guests about the Preserve, about African elephants, and possibly show live camera feeds of the elephants in action.

Economic Benefits

The creation of the Tembo Preserve will be an important contributor to the region’s economy during the course of the project’s construction. Local businesses and suppliers will benefit from the purchase of construction materials, supplies and services, generating substantial economic growth. Construction jobs – including “green” jobs – will be generated locally, as well as possible internship and employment opportunities for Shasta College students.

When the Preserve is completed and operational, full and part time positions will become available in the elephant care and veterinary fields. Support services positions including groundskeepers, maintenance technicians, education specialists, and administrative staff will also be needed.

Locally sourced products and services will be utilized as much as possible at the Preserve including browse, hay, fresh fruits and vegetables, and pelleted feed.

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Tembo Preserve in Action

Tembo Preserve is working on behalf of elephants. In addition to supporting African elephants in the wild we are also working on initiatives here in California to help protect elephants.

Tembo Preserve was part of a coalition involved in getting AB96 signed into law. AB96 is the California legislation that closes loopholes that allowed for California’s illegal ivory trade. The demand for ivory has been at an all-time high with the U.S. being one of the top ten consumers of illegal ivory. Elephants are being slaughtered for the ivory trade at the rate of one elephant every 15 minutes that equals 96 elephants per day.  Tembo Preserve took an active role in campaigning for AB96. The location of Tembo Preserve in Tehema County, allowed us to reach out to people and legislators who might not typically be aware of this type of legislation. This tremendous victory will facilitate shutting down the California ivory trade.

Tembo Preserve Foundation’s Beneficiaries Program supports March for Elephants a grassroots organization that sponsors an annual march in San Francisco to stop the demand for elephant ivory. Tembo Preserve staff and volunteers participated in the march and manned a table in Civic Center.

Tembo Preserve table in Civic Center, San Francisco March for Elephants 2016. On display a 5’ long tusk confiscated by USDA after it was illegally imported into the United States.

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