We managed to raise enough funds for Elephants Without Borders (USD 6,000) to deploy 4 radio collars on elephants in the area South of the Okavango Delta. This will produce important information on he movements of the elephants between Namibia and the Delta. Information that will help determining which action can be taken to reduce human-elephant conflict.
The first two collars were deployed on 11-12 April 2017, the others will be done soon.
We thank our donors from South Africa and Holland for their generous donations. They will be updated on the movements of the elephants and the results of the research involved.
You can still become involved in this project! We have already received additional donations to help community education on how to prevent conflict with elephants and there is more good work to be done!
Elephants Without Borders (EWB) is dedicated to conserving wildlife and natural resources. Through research, education, and information sharing they aim to encourage mankind to live in harmony with wildlife and the natural world.
One of EWB’s main activities is elephant research. They continually monitor elephant home ranges, categorized by sizes according to age, sex, access to water, types of water sources, vegetation, fences, and human disturbances.
Aerial surveys are conducted to obtain elephant abundance, distribution and herd sizes. This information is combined with digital land cover maps, obtained by fitting transmitter collars on elephants. This way, elephant population growth can be predicted, as well as elephant habitat use related to vegetation changes (e.g. fires and drought) or changes to their habitat such as roads and fences.
Botswana has the largest elephant population remaining on the African continent. Ironically, the recovery of this country’s elephant population has led to growing concern about how to manage this large population. Some people are worried that elephants have
recovered in greater numbers than the environment can sustain, and there is significant concern over increasing human-elephant conflict.
Elephants are re-occupying areas where they formerly occurred and spend 65% of their time outside protected areas. While these unprotected lands support large numbers of elephants and other wildlife, they also support extensive human populations. This means that there is a critical need to provide for an extensive network of wildlife corridors and to promote a sustainable management strategy for both people and wildlife.
Omogolo Wildlife Trust wants to help with information gathering about elephant distribution in the area South-West of the Okavango Delta towards the Namibian border. The map below shows little information about elephant presence in this area.
Still, elephants are regularly sighted from the ground and information is needed on their movements to determine if this area can form an important corridor. It is critical to conserve and safeguard these ecological linkages to give elephants and other wildlife safe passage across political boundaries. If we fail to do this, then one of the most viable and natural solutions to manage and maintain the largest elephant population on the continent will be seriously threatened.
In August/September 2016 two to four elephants will be fitted with a satellite tracking collar. The number of elephants that can be tracked will depend on donations we receive.
We’d like to invite you to become part of this exciting project!