One of the greatest threats facing elephants today is the restriction and fragmentation of their historic habitats. In the absence of planning how to manage elephant populations in the face of changing land use, elephants are often the victims of culling and other poor management decisions.
But culling doesn’t address the fact that elephants exist as unique individuals and members of family groups, not just as numbers to be managed. Fortunately there is a growing awareness of the value of a science-based and ethically sound approach to elephant management.
Working with the Conservation Ecology Research Unit of the University of Pretoria, IFAW is studying elephant populations in southern Africa to find a more objective basis for decision-making.
Learn more about IFAW's elephant research projects with CERU.