ELEPHANT RESEARCH PROJECT SUMMARY

Currently nothing is known about the status of elephant in northern Malawi, the ratio of resident versus migratory elephants or their seasonal movements. This elephant research project assesses the status, distribution and movement patterns of elephants in the Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) which connects Malawi and Zambia and encompasses an area of 30,621km2.. The TFCA is critical to the conservation of elephant populations since it provides a wildlife corridor facilitating traditional movement, migration and gene flow.

Data from this project will inform both the Government’s conservation management strategy as well as the LWT’s Wildlife Enforcement project, which aims to quantify the nature and impact of wildlife crime and trade on elephant populations occupying northern Malawi.

RESEARCH SITE

Vwaza MWR, with some surveys in Nyika NP.
A long-term research camp is located on the edge of Lake Kazuni, close to the main gate of the park.
Click here for more information on our project sites.

STUDENT AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Students and volunteers who join the elephant research project will be participating in:

  • Foot transects to census elephant populatons
  • Behavioural observations to record group cohesion and feeding behaviour
  • Individual elephant identificaton and development of ID database
  • Habitat assessments using vegetaton plots
  • Data entry and GIS mapping
  • Diet assessments using dung surveys
  • Learning about the surrounding plant and animal ecology
  • Gaining field experience with an expert team

Read more about our wildlife research placement opportunities here.

PROJECT PARTNERS

Department of National Parks & Wildlife. Elephants for Africa.

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