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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. 

Alles op alles voor duurzame verandering!

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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  • Through Fairtrade Original, farmers from Ruam Thai visited the Sisaket Fairtrade Farmer Group. The farmers who still grow pineapples in Ruam Thai, and therefore have to deal with elephants that damage their crops almost every day, are very interested in BTEH’s Tom Yum project. With the Tom Yum project we encourage farmers to grow crops that elephants do not like. But to switch to these crops, a reliable market is obviously needed. And preferably one that is fair!

The farmers of Ruam Thai went home full of valuable insights and inspiration. This could make a big difference in the peaceful coexistence of elephants and Thai farmers. Many thanks for the hospitality of the farmers in Sisaket and the introduction by Fairtrade Original. We hope for a sequel!

The Tom Yum project is part of the Human Elephant Coexistence Through Alternative Agricultural Research ​(HECTAAR) in collaboration with @trunksnleaves 

“Elephants have already pushed over all the trees in my land and the land of neighboring farmers. If we can plant these crops like how the farmers are doing here, we can all keep farming without worrying about elephants.” – Khun Noot

“Our land is different and our weather is different, but I want to try planting these crops and if there is a guaranteed market I think other farmers in our village will want to try too.” – Khun Sak

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  • In areas where humans and wildlife frequently interact, community attitudes towards measures mitigating such interactions from turning into conflict are crucial to ensure effective management. 

Questionnaires in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti Ecosystem, Tanzania, indicated most respondents were generally positive towards the installation of electrified fencing in that area some years earlier. 
In addition to mitigating human-elephant conflict, respondents perceived the fencing as effective in controlling problematic animals other than elephants, and in reducing conflict between domestic and wild animals.
HEC mitigations need to be evaluated and adapted based on local attitudes towards and from both humans and wildlife. A point of investigation remaining for this fence in Tanzania is for instance its effect on the migration of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson gazelle between Maasai Mara in Kenya and Serengeti in Tanzania, a crucial migratory route.

#sciencesaturday #science #research #Serengeti #HEC #humanelephantconflict #human #wildlife #elephant #conflict #fencing #mitigation #community #conservation #africa #tanzania #kenya #migration #attitudes

Matata, M.T., Kegamba, J.J., Mremi, R. & Eustace, A. (2022). Electrified fencing as a mitigation strategy for human-elephant conflict in Western Serengeti: Community perspectives. Journal for Nature Conservation, 70:126271. DOI: 10.1016/j.jnc.2022.126271
  • Interested in having a hand in groundbreaking conservation research? Bring The Elephant Home needs volunteers for our elephant research project in South Africa. Join us from February 23-March 4th by applying at the link in our bio or heading to our website bring-the-elephant-home.org 

It's coming up quick so don't hesitate on this incredible opportunity 🐘 

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  • It's #ScienceSaturday !!

Supportive social relationships with other elephants diminish an individual’s stress response, a recent study has shown. 

Bonds among individual elephants are strong, especially between mother and calf. However, African elephants are endangered due to, amongst others, poaching. In such poaching events, maternal and other adult elephants may be removed from their families, potentially inflicting stress on the calves that are left behind. 

Parker and colleagues (2022) measured stress levels in a population of elephants in Kenya, using glucocorticoid levels in dung samples. The group contains some orphaned elephants (due to poaching and extreme drought) in which the authors investigated whether the loss of maternal care correlates with (long-term) high stress levels. 
Results show that elephants that had more age mates in their group showed lower average glucocorticoid levels, and that based on (consistency of) greenness of the vegetation (relating to seasonality and rainfall) hormone levels oscillated throughout the year. However, contrary to their expectations – orphans did not show higher stress levels compared to non-orphans. 

This may be due to the complexity of hormonal responses, especially under long-term stressors, where long-term social stressors could perhaps have led to an adaptive response to such consistently high glucocorticoid levels, eventually downregulating their production and leading to lower levels in orphans.

These results suggest that social buffering likely does occur in African elephants, adding to our understanding of the benefits of sociality, but that ecological factors, such as relating to resource availability, are more important in affecting glucocorticoid levels of wild African elephants.

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Parker, J.M., Brown, J.L., Hobbs, N.T., Boisseau, N.P., Letitiya, D., Douglas-Hamilton, I. & Wittemyer, G. (2022). Social support correlates with glucocorticoid concentrations in wild African elephant orphans. Commun Biol., 5:630. doi: 10.1038/s42003-022-03574-8
  • Product spotlight: Natural Tie Dye Coexistence T-shirt 🐘🐝

Hand-dyed by a community group in Ruam Thai village, a hotspot area of human-elephant conflict.

The purchase of this unique t-shirt directly supports elephant conservation projects and the local people living alongside wild elephants. Your t-shirt comes with a great story too: elephant dung and mineral-rich soil are used in the tie-dye process! "Bee the change" and grab yours today through our online shop.

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  • Now taking applications for our next elephant research program in South Africa, February 2023! We hosted one back in August and here's what our most recent volunteer researchers have to say about it! 👇

"I am so grateful to BTEH for giving our group the opportunity to be part of such an important step in the future of elephant conservation and research. Working under these passionate and hard-working researchers and biologists was encouraging for someone like me pursuing a career in conservation, or anyone interested in making a difference! You will meet so many amazing individuals and have experiences that challenge your way of thinking and give you first-hand experience in conservation. I highly recommend this program." -Mikayla

"This trip is an incredible opportunity to meet knowledgeable and inspiring professionals who work at the forefront of the Eastern Cape’s conservation efforts. 
Led by truly inspiring people with an enormous breadth of knowledge in conservation and elephant behaviour, this trip is a must for wildlife enthusiasts, and those looking to enter the field. I can't recommend it enough." -Ashley

"Working with such a dedicated team on such a worthy project was an honour. The conservation of elephants at this time is of upmost importance. Bring the Elephant home is dedicated to the future populations of both Africa and Asian elephants and truly makes a difference. To be part of collaring elephants was a once in a lifetime opportunity and an amazing experience. I would urge anyone who has a passion for elephants, conservation or to make a difference to join their expeditions. You will learn a lot, be part of an important project and have a brilliant time along the way." -Emma