“We have been working with Ecoexist since 2019 and are proud to be able to support their project with this important contribution, so that they can continue to seek ways to reduce conflict and foster coexistence between elephants and humans. In areas of heightened competition for water, food, and space, they find and facilitate solutions that work for both species”, noted Kim Nixon, Okavango Wilderness Safaris MD.
To gain an understanding of bull and cow herd relationships, six female and six male elephants were collared in April 2022 to track herd movement.
“Data from the satellite collars include hourly GPS locations, which enable us to track an elephant's movements throughout each day. Such data can be used to help understand daily, monthly and seasonal patterns of movement and resource use, as well as ecological impact”, added Anna Songhurst, Ecoexist Trust Director.