Research into Human-Wildlife Conflict
Elephants for Africa researches the ecological and social requirements of African elephants, and puts these into the context of human-wildlife conflict through a series of research projects. Most human-elephant conflict involves male elephants and they are the focus of much of the research.
Education programmes are an important element of Elephants for Africa’s work and the goal is to develop young people into the conservation leaders of the future and to ensure communities benefit from their wildlife. This in turn, will increase understanding and tolerance of elephants within the communities living alongside them. This will help to reduce misunderstanding of the animals, highlight the benefits of ecotourism and find positive ways for humans and elephants to live alongside each other. Elephants for Africa’s education programme focuses on empowering the communities with the skills to enable them to come up with solutions to conflict that works for them in their communities and gives them ownership of both the problem and, more importantly, the solution. It is the participation and commitment of the people that live side-by-side with elephants that will ensure the survival of the species.
HOW YOU CAN HELP BY SUPPORTING SATIB CONSERVATION TRUST
The SATIB Conservation Trust has provided logistical support, insurance services, PR support and business advice for Elephants for Africa in Botswana. The Trust is also planning to assist with human-wildlife conflict issues, educational materials and supply of vehicles to assist the Botswana research.
The Chairman of SATIB Conservation Trust, Brian Courtenay, is a trustee of Elephants for Africa, a charity registered in England and Wales, as well as a trustee of the related Botswana non-government organisation.