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The African elephant is the world’s largest land animal. Weighing in at 6 tonnes, these giant creatures are pretty adept at handling themselves. Yet, despite their large stature and commanding physical presence, African elephants are classified as vulnerable.
Even with the international ban on the trade of ivory in place, the biggest threat to the African elephant is ivory poaching. Combined with the human population expanding and taking up more land, in addition to human conflicts, elephants have to face danger in numerous forms.
If you feel strongly about helping to protect vulnerable elephants, the good news is that you’re not alone. Our projects are bringing caring, enthusiastic people together to volunteer with elephants. You can help to research, monitor and protect these majestic animals. From monitoring elephants across a huge 360,000 hectare concession in the Okavango Delta region where you’ll learn how to use transects and camera traps to assist with elephant studies, to managing elephant populations in a Big 5 safari reserve, you can make a difference, help to save the elephants, protect their status and be a part of something special.
To learn more about these almighty gentle giants, take a look at our informative African elephant infographic.
PHINDA WILDLIFE RESEARCH PROJECT
As a 'Big 5' safari reserve, Phinda offers superb wildlife viewing while you conduct field research on the populations of lions, rhino and elephants, amongst a diversity other species. This project is a great opportunity to learn about wildlife research in Africa, including the scientific management of wildlife populations.
ELEPHANT AND PREDATOR STUDY & OKAVANGO EXPERIENCE
Work from a remote field camp in Botswana and participate in a study of elephants, predators and general game. You'll investigate how wildlife populations are changing as a result of the ban on trophy hunting before heading into the Okavango Delta for an amazing wildlife experience.
MANGETTI WILD DOG AND ELEPHANT PROTECTION
Assist with wildlife research in Namibia by monitoring African wild dogs and elephants to investigate the causes and patterns of human-wildlife conflict. This knowledge is vital for establishing an effective conservation strategy.
GAME RANGER EXPERIENCE
The Game Ranger Experience gives you a thorough introduction to the wildlife and habitats of South Africa. In this wildlife course, you’ll learn about wildlife behaviour, pick up bushcraft skills, master the art of tracking and much more - all while you explore the African bush!