Members of the GRI team working in Kafue National Park are currently studying wild herds through transect surveys and data collection on individuals and herds that they come across.
The data collected includes: the number of elephants, type of group, sex, activity, habitat location, and the reaction to the project vehicle. We also use camera traps to photograph individuals and document use of corridors and specific areas.
In gaining a better understanding of wild elephants in the area, the data will help us to identify whether the orphaned elephants have adapted to their natural environment / life back in the wild.
With appropriate funding, we hope to soon collar wild elephants and gain a better understanding of their movements and any human elephant conflict they may run into.
Contributors: Vincent Abre (Post Release Monitoring Coordinator)