First established in 2004 and based out of Kazunga, Botswana’s border town that shares boarders with Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Zambia, Elephants without borders has worked tirelessly in all of the above plus Angola to find a plan for the future of elephants in Southern Africa. The difficulty lies in the fact that despite the population of elephants in the rest of Africa declining, this part of southern Africa has an ever increasing population, with some people worrying that the environment cannot sustain such a forcibly growing number. There is the risk that people’s attitudes toward wildlife will turn negative and forfeit any future conservation research efforts in the region. Added to this, of course the notion of elephants paying heed to border control is absurd and so research cannot simply cease at the borders of one country from another. This makes EWB work all the more important when it comes to researching the migratory patterns and behaviour of these large proboscideans. Due to the passionate work that he charity has the full support and endorsement of all these governments, which is invaluable when working across borders.
Elephants without borders aims to fully research the difficulties of the increase in the elephant population throughout Southern Africa. The main aims of the research that EWB are identifying potential wildlife corridors for elephants and to look at the effects of elephants on socio-economic stability.
After Mike Chase received his PhD, he was determined to continue studying and conserving the world’s largest elephant population, so he founded and established Elephants Without Borders (EWB). Appropriately, EWB is based in Kazungula, Botswana’s border town where the boundaries of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe meet along the Zambezi River. EWB operates its’ projects and activities in Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe under the official endorsement and full support of government authorities. With an estimated 151,000 elephants also calling the northern reaches of Botswana home, this wildlife hot spot is the ideal location for Elephants Without Borders researchers to study the migratory patterns, behaviour, and ecology of pachyderms. EWB is the country’s leading regional cross-border research project focused on elephant conservation and management.
Goals And Objectives
We use state-of-the-art technology, to monitor the movements, status and behaviour of elephants, addressing complex issues regarding elephant ecology through research studies and sharing the results with decision makers and local communities. Better understanding elephant ecology and sharing this information allows us to work towards securing key habitats and migratory corridors for wildlife to flourish. EWB also provides advisory services to governments, private sector, local communities, researchers, journalists and film-makers. At EWB, we believe elephants are of considerable economic, ecological, cultural and aesthetic value to many people in the world and are one of Africa’s most valuable wildlife species. They are the flagships, providing motivation for raising awareness, stimulating action, encouraging funding for conservation efforts, and generating opportunities to reconsider the boundaries between conservation and rural development. Our vision, to open borders for Africa’s wildlife through education and research will help ensure future generations share their lives with these great giants.