Saving Elephants in Cameroon

For more than 10 years, Dr. Mike Loomis, the North Carolina Zoo's Chief Veterinarian, has been working with biologists in Cameroon to attach satellite-tracking collars to wild elephants in Cameroon. Using GPS data provided by the collars, researchers have delineated the land area and the migration routes used by various herds and can access real-time location data on their movements. Researchers use this information to manage the land for the elephants' survival and to intervene when the elephants approach agricultural areas.

These data enable rangers to divert the elephants away from crops, thus reducing the clashes between people and elephants that have, historically, resulted in deaths and injuries to both the elephants and local people. The program has saved the lives of dozens of elephants and has protected the crops that local people depend on for survival.

Over the years, this project has protected elephants and people living in and around more than 16 national parks.  The Zoo's Elephants of Cameroon project operates in partnership with WWF International and the Cameroon Ministry of Forests and Wildlife.

This project depends on donations from private individuals and grants to continue. Click here to help the Zoo continue this life saving work.

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