Volunteer with elephants on these fantastic projects in the 'emerald isle' of Sri Lanka, the stark deserts of Namibia, and the grasslands of Zimbabwe and to help participate in vital ecological research on the Asiatic, and 'Desert', and 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 and Africa due to conflict with villagers. Elephants in both 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 sanctuary volunteer?
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.
Elephants are facing threats from a number of different sources. The main threats are:
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