Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation

Human-elephant conflict is one of the greatest threats to wild elephants.

Along with poaching, human-elephant conflict is one of the greatest threats to wild elephants. As the human population increases, elephants are left with less land to roam (only 6% of the whole of Africa is available to elephants), leading to increased contact between them and people. Our research aims to find win-win solutions to reducing conflict between rural communities and wild elephants. Projects include using SMART Towers and collars, drones, acoustic devices, vocalizations, chilli peppers, contraceptives, and scent corridors to deter elephants from villages, manage their overall population, and increase their land area.