Over the past few years, we managed to raise more than 16,000 Euros for the Elephant conservation organisations that we work together with: Elephants Without Borders and EcoExist.
In 2016, EWB deployed radio collars on elephants in the area South of the Okavango Delta. These collars produce important information about the 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 to be done in a later stage.
Both organisations also organize workshops to help farmers and other local people to live with elephants: to protect themselves and their crops, which in return will protect the elephants from being killed or wounded.
Workshops are conducted in areas where elephants come close to villages and farms. Participants leave with new knowledge and advise for tools that can be used to prevent elephants raiding their crops. Think of mving, shiny objects, flashing solar lights, chili peppers, bee hives...
There is still a lot of good work to be done in the area of Human - Elephant Conflict!.
Elephants Without Borders wrote a project update of their Elephant Repellent Project for the donors of Omogolo Wildlife Trust that supported the project. Read all about it and keep supporting the great work they are doing!
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.
The Ecoexist Project seeks to reduce conflict and foster coexistence between elephants and people. In areas of heightened competition for access to water, food, and space, they facilitate solutions that work for both species.
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.
We’d like to invite you to become part of this exciting work!