Elephants continue to decline at unprecedented rates across the African continent due to the illegal killing of elephants for their ivory. However, in southern Africa many populations are stable or increasing. According to our new paper, this could be partly due to the benefits local people generate from nature-based tourism.
Together with Dr. Jeanetta Selier from the South African National Biodiversity Institute, and Prof. Rob Slotow from the University of KwaZulu-Natal we analyzed which factors affected elephant numbers in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area, spanning South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana, between 2007 and 2014. Continue reading