Thursday, May 12, 2011

Volunteers "Mediate" Elephants and Humans

Elephants are big and their habitat shrinks.  Conflict between the beasts and the humans who must share the land--especially the desert lands of  Namibia--is inevitable. While  the desert elephants in the southern Kunene Region of Namibia are now protected from over hunting and poaching, their movements and habits are still transient and largely unknown, says Elephant-Human Relations Aid (EHRA).

The website explains, "...volunteer project teams, enabling us to compile identikits of all elephants and to map their movement patterns. Data collected is entered on our online database which links GPS positions to Google Earth maps.  From this information we can ascertain which farms and homesteads require protection and where the elephants roam during different seasons.

"In their search for water, elephants can cause extensive damage to valuable water sources, often rendering communities in Namibia without water for what can be years.

"The EHRA elephant conservation volunteer project works directly with local communities to protect vulnerable structures from damage with walls which allow the elephants to drink but prevent access to the windmills, water storage tanks or pumps."

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