Based on private land adjoining the greater Kruger savannah ecosystem, our scientists track elephants, including some of Africa's biggest tuskers, across boundaries from Private Nature Reserves to National Parks and across international boundaries to Zimbabwe and Mocambique.
We identify individual elephants, study population dynamics and habitat use, and examine the effects of elephants on key tree species. We experiment with methods of alleviating elephant tree damage and provide scientific knowledge to all stake holders.
West Africa’s elephants live in fragmented groups amongst dense human populations. We study rare surviving desert elephants, in the Gourma region of Mali, living in extreme conditions or heat and aridity, where the Sahara meets a scattering of trees and shrubs. With the government and partner NGOs we seek ways to secure their future with nomadic people, Touareg, Pheuls and others that share this land, and whose traditional tolerance has granted the elephants survival until now.