This starts at the grassroots level, working with and involving local indigenous communities.
IEP supports a wide range of critical on-the-ground projects in Borneo, Sumatra, and Laos that address the problems facing remaining fragmented elephant populations - including fighting deforestation, human-elephant conflicts and poaching.
A major strategy is to radio collar and track elephant herds by satellite. Human Elephant Conflict Mitigation teams then follow the herds and work with local communities to see that both elephants and humans remain safe and live in harmony. By monitoring and protecting multiple elephant herds, we can ensure sufficient numbers and genetic diversity to survive.
A new book authored by IEP’s Field Manager, Dr Alexander Mossbrucker, highlights the work of IEP in protecting the Critically Endangered Sumatran elephant, the most endangered of all the Asian elephant species. For the past ten years, Alex has been working alongside a team of dedicated local conservationists who engage in various activities to help mitigate the threats to elephant populations, including ranger patrols, wildlife monitoring, human-wildlife conflict mitigation and community education.
Island Elephants: The Giants of Sumatra is available from the International Elephant Project website www.internationalelephantproject.org/islandelephants