Elephants alive ThumbnailThanks to 20 years of valuable research, Elephants Alive is helping understand, protect and preserve the future of SA’s free-ranging elephants.

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Studying elephants for twenty years, Elephants Alive is helping protect them and reduce human and elephant conflict.  With a database of nearly 2000 identified elephants in the Greater Kruger area, the team’s work plays an important role in their survival.


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As well as photographing each elephant and drawing their unique features, ear patterns and tusks, Elephants Alive monitors individual elephants to understand their social bonds, breeding behaviour and long term movements. 

With less know about male elephants, the team has radio-collared and named 80 mature bulls since 1998 throughout the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.  These big bulls are at the top of poachers’ lists and are more at risk from being involved in conflicts with humans through crop raiding. 

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Elephants Alive are focused on long term preservation of SA’s free-ranging elephants through various programmes including:

·        Reducing conflict with humans, bee hives are suspended in trees to avoid impact on large trees

·       Monitoring trees  used by vultures and raptors as nesting sites

·       Providing long term research for elephant management

•     Informing conservation bodies and landowners on movements

·      Advising on sustainability of trophy hunting in some private reserves

·      Helping identify poaching hotspots

·      Running education programmes with rural communities


With expanding human populations putting more pressure on Africa’s reserves and National Parks, Elephants Alive believes that it’s important to empower, inform and involve local impoverished communities. Through education programmes with the rural communities and government schools, the team works closely with the all-female Black Mamba anti-poaching patrols, improving community liaison efforts and providing inspirational role models for young learners.