Volunteer with Elephants

You can volunteer with elephants on these fantastic projects in the 'emerald isle' of Sri Lanka, the stark deserts of Namibia, and the wilds of the Bornean rainforest and to help participate in vital ecological research on the Asiatic, and the 'Desert' African elephants. You will not only get to assess human-elephant conflicts, but you will also get the chance to engage in biodiversity mapping using surveying techniques, community integrated human-elephant conflict resolution, assessing elephant numbers and sustainable rural livelihood development.

Both species of elephants have become somewhat of a problem in Sri Lanka, Borneo and Africa due to conflict with villagers. Elephants in all of these destinations tend to cause damage to crops and wells in their search for food and water. This subsequently causes animosity amongst local communities affected, leading to evident human-elephant conflict.

These elephant volunteer programs are designed to not only assess the numbers of both Asiatic and African elephants, but the end goal is also to contribute to achieving human-elephant co-existence by creating a win-win sustainable future for all. Working with elephants is the only way to achieve this future, so why not consider becoming an elephant volunteer today?

elephants at a glance

Asian – Endangered, African - Vulnerable
Asian -40,000 – 50,000, African – 470,000
Africa and Asia

How endangered are elephants

The African elephant numbered 3-5 million at the turn of the last century and since then their numbers have dropped to the levels they are at today. Throughout the 1980’s it was estimated that up to 100,000 elephants were killed each year. Asian elephant numbers are falling and they currently show no signs of recovering. As there are only 40,000-50,000 Asian elephants remaining in the wild, it will take a concerted effort to reverse this trend and ensure the numbers increase. Almost 30% of the remaining Asian elephants are held in captivity, and attention is needed to improve their living conditions. Elephant volunteer programs are one of the best ways to help these giants of the animal world, as even though humans have been the cause of many of the problems for elephants, we can also become the solution.We need to increase elephant conservation efforts, and you can be a part of this!

Threats elephants are facing

Elephants are facing threats from a number of different sources. The main threats are:

  • Habitat Loss – As more and more of the elephant’s homeland is taken by humans for various uses, the elephant population is forced into a smaller and smaller area with less food and water.
  • Illegal Ivory Trade – The demand for ivory from elephant’s tusks is the biggest driver of elephant poaching, and the desire to have ivory in the Far East shows no signs of letting up.
  • Human-Elephant Conflict – As humans encroach on the elephants land, the two parties often come into conflict. The elephants very rarely come out on top.

As an elephant conservation volunteer you will have the chance to lower the impact these issues have on the worlds largest land mammals, so what are you waiting for!

Fast Facts
  • Elephants have the longest pregnancy of all the animals. It takes a female 22 months from conception to give birth.
  • Elephants are capable of human-like emotions such as feeling loss, grieving, and even crying. They remember and mourn their loved ones, even many years after their death. When the "Elephant Whisperer" Lawrence Anthony died, a herd of elephants arrived at his house to mourn him.
  • The trunk of an elephant has more than 40,000 muscles in it.

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