Elephants for Africa
To address the wider conservation and management issues facing elephants in Botswana
The objectives of Elephants for Africa, which was established in 2002, are:
Enable the Department of
Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP), AfESG, local
and international stakeholders to make informed conservation and management
decisions on the remaining African elephant populations, through the provision
of sound scientific data on social and ecological requirements of this keystone
Forecast future elephant
movements due to range expansion as well as the possible effects of climate
change by quantifying the quality of available habitat, seasonality of use and
the energetics of elephant–habitat interactions.
Instigate an effective
human–elephant conflict (HEC) policy in Botswana, by facilitating the
identification of perpetrators of crop damage through research into
identification through spoor, photography and DNA hair analysis. In addition a
feasibility study into the identification of HEC "hotspots" will be undertaken.
Enhance the knowledge of
elephant vocal communication for use in remote monitoring and possible
Investigate the use of
temporal gland secretions in elephant communication.
Develop, alongside other
elephant researchers, an effective Bio-Acoustic Fence to manipulate the
movement of elephants for use in HEC, problem animal control and expansion into new and old
Health and Welfare
Enable better management of
male elephants throughout their range states and in captivity by:
- Understanding the physiology of puberty,
adolescence and adulthood in male African elephants, through behaviour
and hormonal studies.
- Improve our understanding of their social and
- Understanding the mechanics of musth suppression
in male elephants.
Enhance the sustainability of
fragmented elephant populations through the collection of baseline data on the
parasite load and taxa that a wild unfenced population are exposed to.
Increase the success of
translocation and reintroduction programmes throughout Africa, by understanding
the social requirements of male elephants and the factors contributing to
successful integration of "unknown" elephants into new areas.
Provide regular up to date
information on the elephants of Botswana to the DWNP, Okavango Research
Institute (ORI), Botswana Wildlife Training Institute (BWTI), schools and local
Contribute to the global
understanding and appreciation of the African elephants through publication in
international peer reviewed journals, magazines, websites and blogs and
attendance of conferences, symposium, festivals and other meetings.
Train the conservation leaders
of the future through the Boyce-Zero
Scholarship Fund and Elefun weekends.
Engage local children in their
wildlife though our Elefun programme.
Build local capacity through
environmental education training sessions for local safari camp staff.
Dissimilate vital knowledge on
animal behaviour, mitigation techniques, important economical and economical
implications of sustainable wildlife utilisation through the development and
launch of a radio programme with the support and input of the DWNP and the Ministry of Agriculture.
WAZA Conservation Project 11006 is implemented by Elephants for Africa, with support provided by the Chicago Zoological Society, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. Other stakeholders involved in the project include the Office of the President and Department of Wildlife and National Parks in Botswana.
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