Proceedings from the 7th World Wilderness Congress
Wilderness and Human Communities. Proceedings from the 7th World Wilderness Congress 2004 The African wilderness, for me, is epitomized by elephants, so let us consider wilderness from an elephant's point of view. Elephants need a great deal of space. So from an elephant's point of view, the more wilderness the better. At present, where elephants dowell in Africa there is much habitat to support them, and so a host of other species is surviving along with them. In this sense, elephants are an indicator of the welfare of the wilderness. Despite serious episodes of decrease over the last thirty years in their range north of the Zambezi, elephants still occur in abundance in huge and often remote wild land areas in Africa, and are still believed to have a total range of over 5 million square kilometers.