IFAW’s research projects with CERU look at three areas
- Understanding the spatial and temporal dynamics of elephants We are discovering how elephants use space - through collaring projects, population assessments, and so on - and how spatial dynamics and population variables (births, deaths, growth rates, etc.) change over time.
- Understanding elephant-plant/biodiversity interactions We are studying how elephants interact with their environments considering factors such as fences and artificial water sources that can shape elephants’ behaviour. This information can be used to inform management strategies.
- Understanding human-elephant interactions By correlating human demographics with elephant population dynamics through computer modelling, we can understand where elephant range and human activities will overlap in the future. This is the first regionally focused approach to managing future human-elephant interactions which we hope will inform conservation planning and management policies.