Kalron and his group of former Israeli soldiers ingratiated themselves to rebel leaders in the area, making a "gentlemen's agreement" that their surveillance team would be allowed to watch over the bai and ensure that no more elephants would be harmed. The group's military-style reconnaissance mission isn't exactly ideal -- after all, it would be better if the elephants didn't need to be protected from poachers in the first place. But, as wildlife traffickers become increasingly violent, Turkalo and others believe Kalron's army-inspired conservation might be the only good option.
It's also an option that's highly regarded by local residents. "I realized that they really care, that the Africans care - not only the officials in different wildlife services, but villagers," Omer Barak, one of Kalron's team members, told NPR. "That realization made me feel less patronizing and to not think of it as a new form of conservation colonialism."