By BBC News Editor-at-large Paul Mason Reporter London, UK – 12 December 2015Tens of millions of people in Africa and Asia are seeking to rebuild their lives after the collapse of communism.
Many want to live a life that was once unthinkable for them.
But the prospect of having their fortunes tied to the financial health of their families has sparked an unprecedented wave of interest in the project.
This year, more than a million people have applied to build and operate the first ever “big bionic” elephant in the world.
This is the first time that such a large number of people have been willing to pay the asking price for a piece of land, a project that promises to change their lives for the better.
But many others are waiting to see whether the project will actually happen.
The project was put together by the Botswana-based African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and its sister organisation, the Bots-Africa Conservation Fund (BAFC), and aims to create a bionic animal to be able to feed and care for more than 100 elephants in the wild.
The idea was first mooted by the billionaire businessman Bill Gates, but it is the support of many wealthy African governments that have led to a boom in the number of applicants.
The AWF’s executive director, Jeanine Buhari, told BBC News: “The idea that people want to pay for a life of luxury is new, and is something that has been on the minds of people for a long time.”
Ms Buhani said the project would cost between $1.8bn and $1 billion, with the money coming from the Botswanese government.
It’s going to make a big difference in Africa’s future.” “
It is a very important project for Africa.
It’s going to make a big difference in Africa’s future.”
A big challenge The first stage of the project, to build a 3,000-square-metre enclosure for the giant bionic, is expected to be completed in 2019.
The enclosure is a huge and expensive undertaking.
It will be built on a 3.3 hectare (12-acre) plot of land and has to be built within four years.
“We are really looking forward to the big bionic being built,” Ms Bihari said.
The team at AWF will have to take into account a wide range of considerations, including the number and age of the elephants, as well as their genetic makeup.
The elephants are expected to live for up to 10 years in the enclosure, and Ms Bohani said that this will require the animals to be cared for on a regular basis.
“They are going to have to be kept in their natural environment,” she said.
The elephants will be housed at the facility and will have access to water, air and light. “
For every elephant, we are talking about a total of four people.”
The elephants will be housed at the facility and will have access to water, air and light.
The main concern for the bionic project will be the impact on the environment.
Ms Bohni said that the bionics enclosure would be used for research and conservation.
“The first step will be to build an enclosure where we can study how the elephants will react to this, how they will react in a social context,” she explained.
“And then we will then move on to a larger enclosure where elephants will live and the elephants are used as research models.”
Ms Jone said the first stage was designed to allow the elephants to be studied in a natural environment.
“As soon as we have an enclosure for an elephant, they’re going to be living in that environment and we will see how they behave in that context,” Ms Jones said.
Ms JONES said that she hoped that the animals would eventually be used to help improve wildlife conservation.
But this is not an immediate priority.
“At the moment, we have no idea what the long-term future of the bionic elephants will look like.”
We are looking forward, but there is a long way to go.
“But we will make the first step.
We are hoping that by building an enclosure, we can create a model that can be used as a model for other elephants.”
The BIONIAC elephant The bionic enclosure is currently being built in the small village of Pashaura, just south of Ngorongoro, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Pashara was once a hub of the diamond-mining industry, but is now being used for farming.
“Pashaura is a big city, but the villagers here have been living in poverty for years,” Ms Mjungu said.
She is one of the volunteers working with the AWF.
“In the village, the villagers have two sons.
I was just 17