Elephants 101 / Elephant Field Research, Dzanga-Sangha,Central African Republic
Dzanga Bai is a forest clearing where many elephants gather every day. It's a great spot to see how they interact and behave. Observing them over the years, we've learned how close elephant families are to each other and studied the amazing ways they communicate. Through field research, we gain a better understanding of elephant habits and population changes and learn how to better protect them.
Photo by Cristián Samper ©WCS
Sharing Space / Avoiding Elephant-People Conflict, Tarangire Park, Tanzania
The elephants here migrate, leaving protected park areas when water is scarce or they need nutrients found elsewhere. But more and more, elephant migration routes are being blocked as people create new farms or settle more land. Conservation work helps elephants and people avoid conflicts. By seeing what elephants and people need, we try to create solutions good for everyone.
Keeping Watch / Partnering for Protection, Niassa Reserve, Mozambique
About 15,000 elephants once lived in this reserve. But demand for ivory spiked and more poachers came to hunt the elephants. This park is the size of Norway but only 40 park rangers patrolled it, and up to a thousand elephants a year were being killed. Conservation work for elephants means law enforcement. In 2012, a conservation partnership with the Mozambique government to manage the Niassa Reserve helped to decrease poaching there by 50%. Anti-poaching software, ivory-sniffing dogs, and aerial drones are tools in use or being explored in the fight to protect elephants. Photo by Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS