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Voor een toekomst voor olifanten

Olifanten worden met uitsterven bedreigd. Hun leefgebied verdwijnt in een alarmerend tempo, door toedoen van mensen. Olifanten moeten daarom buiten beschermde gebieden op zoek naar voedsel en water. Zo ontstaan er meer en meer conflicten tussen olifanten en mensen. Als de olifant verdwijnt, verliezen we een prachtige diersoort, die zo cruciaal is voor onze natuur en ecosysteem. 

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Bring the Elephant Home zet alles op alles voor de overlevingskans van olifanten. Onze natuurbeschermingsprojecten starten bij de lokale gemeenschap. We streven naar duurzaam positieve verandering, naar een wereld waar mens en olifant in harmonie naast elkaar kunnen leven. Sluit je aan bij de missie van Bring the Elephant Home!

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  • 📷 With many thanks to @wildlifeprotectionsolutions, we deployed our first solar powered smart camera traps! After a busy day of training and testing, the first elephant was captured on camera and automatically uploaded to the wpsWatch platform. As part of @t.nucks  PhD research, 50 cameras will be used to gain insight into elephant foraging and movement in and around fields with alternative crops. 
📷 by @phum.ps 

#elephantresearch #elephantconservation #cameratrapping #wildlifeprotction
  • An international team of researchers calculated that if the African forest elephant would become extinct in the rainforest of central and west Africa, these rainforests would lose between 6 and 9% of their ability to capture carbon from the atmosphere.
 
Elephants can for instance do so by their preference for foraging on the more palatable and nutritious low-carbon density trees. These trees can grow quickly and would – when no elephants would be present – rise above other plants and trees to reach the sunlight. By foraging on these trees, the elephants help reduce competition over light, space and soil nutrients, and allow trees that grow more slowly to flourish. These slow-growing trees are mostly high-carbon trees, meaning that they can store more carbon than the fast-growing trees.
Elephants do forage on the fruits that these high-carbon density trees and other large trees produce, but therewith they mostly benefit the tree by dispersing their seeds. 

However, due to poaching and insufficient conservation, African forest elephants have declined over 80% in the last 30 years. Protecting elephants is not only important for biodiversity, but this research shows that their conservation is also important for climate change mitigation.

The researchers, reporting in PNAS, indicate that since they have now shown that leaves from low carbon density trees are less palatable to herbivores, they hope to conduct further research on other herbivore species to find out whether those could also contribute to carbon storage. 

#cerbonstorage #carbon #climatechange #climatemitigation #forestelephant #foraging #trees #science #research #sciencesaturday
Barzaghi, F., Bretagnolle, F., Durand-Bessart, C. & Blake, S. (2023). Megaherbivores modify forest structure and increase carbon stocks through multiple pathways. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2201832120
  • BTEH PhD researcher Tyler Nuckols has just moved to Ruam Thai village to study human-elephant interaction trough a social-ecological approach. In 2022, Tyler has conducted interviews and hosted focus group discussions with key informants around Kuiburi National Park. The coming months, 50 camera traps will be installed to study and measure elephant behaviour in human dominated landscapes and assess the impact of our Tom Yum project. Read the infographic about Tyler’s study here and follow us on Facebook to read regular updates. We can’t wait to see what the next year brings. 

#kuiburinationalpark #ruamthai #localthailand #elephantresearch #tomyumproject #humanelephantcoexistence
  • Plastic is, unfortunately, not only often found inside human settlements, but also outside of it, polluting the environment. Research has shown that plastic is now found nearly everywhere: in mountains, rivers, forests, the deep sea, and also inside wildlife- such as elephants.

Katlam and colleagues (2022) quantified plastic particles, among other anthropogenic waste, from elephant dung samples that they collected in forested habitat of Uttarakhand state, India. 
Anthropogenic waste was present in over a third of the dung samples (32%) and consisted mostly of plastic particles (85%) as well as glass, metal, rubber bands, clay pottery, and tile pieces. In their study, the researchers compared samples from inside the forest with those at the edge, and perhaps strangely enough - they found more than twice as many plastic particles in forest samples as compared to those taken from the forest edge. The authors suggest this might simply be because elephants move large distances over a day, and there is a retention time before elephants dispose of dung after consumption – the elephants are likely to be back inside the forest by that time. These findings do show that other animals inside the forest therefore have a higher chance of ingesting anthropogenic waste that elephants take along from for instance garbage dump sites at the edge – with waste traveling down the food chain. 

These results highlight the need for proper waste management. Elephants that for instance visit garbage dumps just outside the forest do not only expose themselves to the detrimental effects of such waste, but they bring these particles further down the food chain as well. 

#asianelephant #plastic #humanwaste #plasticwaste #pollution #anthropocene #garbagedump #foodchain #ecology #science #research

Katlam, G., Prasad, S., Pande, A. & Ramchiary, N. (2022). Plastic ingestion in Asian elephants in the forested landscapes of Uttarakhand, India. Journal for Nature Conservation, 68:126196.
  • A busy day here at our field station in Ruam Thai! PhD researcher @t.nucks and research assistant @phum.ps are testing our solar powered smart camera traps to study elephant behaviour and movement in agricultural landscapes and evaluate the effectiveness of changing to alternative crops and regenerative farming practices on realizing human-elephant coexistence.

#elephantresearch #asianelephants #elephantconservation #cameratrap #wildlifeconservation #humanelephantcoexistence
  • Animals that live in complex social groups, such as elephants, require effective modes of communication wherein individuals can, for instance, distinguish group from non-group members, as well as picking up on signals relating to sex, reproductive status, location, health, identity and social status. 

A group of researchers analysed the semiochemical profiles of temporal, buccal and genital secretions of 113 African elephants in Malawi, and then tested how odour profiles related to genetic and group relatedness.

Results show that secretions contain signatures for age and genetic relatedness, and that apart from this, group membership was a significant factor explaining differences between social groups: elephants can distinguish group from non-group members based on odour. 
Bacteria in the gut microbiome may create such group odours, with the frequent affiliative behaviour of African elephants proposed as a mechanism for bacterial transmission between group members vs. outsiders.

#elephants #socialbehaviour #groupmembership #communication #animalbehaviour #scent #odour #bacteria #research #science #malawi 

Von Dürkheim, K.E.M., Hoffman, L.C., Poblete-Echeverría, C., Bishop, J.M., Goodwin, T.E., Shulte, B.A. & Leslie, A. (2022). A pachyderm perfume: odour encodes identity and group membership in African elephants. Nature Scientific Reports: 12(16768). DOI: 1 0.1038/s41598-022-20920-2