Control measures have been widely employed to limit the growth of elephant populations in South Africa. Whilst the efficacy of these measures has been monitored closely, there has been little investigation into the behavioural implications of control measures for elephants. In a study published today, Heike Zitzer and I summarised 5 years of observations to understand how vasectomies affect male elephant behaviour. … More The behavioural implications of elephant vasectomies
Human-elephant conflict refers to negative interactions between humans and elephants – commonplace across Africa and Asia – where people and elephants share space and resources. Climate change is expected to alter the distribution and frequency of human-elephant conflict. This review outlines the current state of understanding regarding the impacts of climate change on human-elephant conflict across eastern and southern Africa. … More The Impacts of Climate Change on Human-Elephant Conflict
For anyone that knows me, you’ll know I’m elephant mad. For anyone that doesn’t, I’m elephant mad! Now we’re all on the same page, let’s begin… Right, I don’t know if you heard, because often this sort of news goes completely untouched by some of the big ‘news’ reporters (basically because it’s way more exciting … More Where’s the logic gone?