ELEPHANT RESEARCH

ELEPHANT RESEARCH PROJECT SUMMARY

Currently little is known about the status of elephants 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 Lilongwe Wildlife Trust’s wildlife enforcement work, which aims to quantify the nature and impact of wildlife crime and trade on elephant populations occupying northern Malawi.

RESEARCH SITE

Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve.
A long-term research camp is located on the edge of Lake Kazuni, close to the main gate of the park.

STUDENT AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

No specific qualifications are required for this project. Students and volunteers who join the project will be participating in:

  • Foot transects to create a census of elephant populations
  • Individual elephant identification and development of ID database
  • 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 and Elephants for Africa.