There are not many people who will get the chance to work with elephants in their natural environment, but by joining one of our conservation projects you will be able to do just this! Here at The Great Projects, we can offer you the chance to take part in volunteer work with elephants in some of the world's most spectacular locations, including lush Sri Lanka, the deserts of Namibia, the incredible landscape around Victoria Falls and more!
These projects give you the unique chance to see a side of these amazing countries that very few others ever will, and they provide a fantastic opportunity to work alongside elephants both in Africa and Asia. Unlike many elephant sanctuaries where elephants live in a small and confined area, these projects are designed to study and protect herds in vast reserves or in the wild to help to alleviate poaching, human-elephant conflict and other struggles these mammals suffer through.
The work you complete on these projects will be invaluable to local conservation efforts, and by the time you leave you will have made a long-lasting impact on the preservation of elephants in whichever destination you choose! So take a look at our projects on offer, and you could be working with elephants in no time.
Elephants have come under increasing pressure over the last 50 years or so, and this is extremely evident in the dramatic decline in their population during this time. Back in 1900, there were thought to be around 3-5 million African Elephants still roaming the grasslands, but throughout the 1980s anywhere up to 100,000 elephants were killed each year and this has resulted in a drastic fall in elephant numbers down to around just 470,000 today.
Things are not any better for the Asiatic elephant, as they only number between 40,000 and 50,000 and are classed as endangered.
Elephants face a number of threats on a daily basis. The main threats are: