Elephants for Africa strives to protect, preserve, and conserve elephants through research and education.
Our first research project, on adolescent male elephant behaviour, was started by Dr Kate Evans in the Okavango Delta, Botswana in 2002. In 2012 we moved our research base to the Makgadikgadi National Park, but our research focus remains on the ecological and social requirements of male elephants. With careful nurturing and commitment we have grown into the registered non-profit organisation that we are today.
Botswana is home to the largest remaining population of elephants on Earth. In addition to being a political and economic success story, the country is a haven for wildlife with over a third of its land set aside as wildlife management areas and game reserves.
We have a holistic approach to our research, understanding the requirements of both the animals and humans living alongside them. As male elephants are the main crop raiders our research is primarily focused on male elephants, under two main themes:
By understanding the social and ecological requirements of male elephants we can effectively target conservation efforts, particularly in light of ever-increasing change in environmental conditions brought about by human population growth and anthropogenically-induced climate change.
Communities living alongside wildlife areas often have a difficult time making a living from farming as elephants can see their crop as a resource and eat it, by working in partnership with farmers we hope to improve their livelihood by giving them access to information on how to protect their crops as well as how to be safe around wildlife.
Elephants for Africa aims to inspire people to be the conservation leaders of the future.
Our education program seeks to improve the long-term survival of elephants and the quality of life of local communities by creating capacity-building opportunities for local youth leading to increased employment into the wildlife sector, and to increase local communities’ ability to manage human-elephant conflict and realize the potential of elephants as a crucial natural resource.