If you’ve ever been to our Zoo, you’ve probably noticed the largest animals in our collection: Asian Elephants. These majestic creatures are struggling to survive in the wild, and we partner with two important organizations to ensure elephants will exist for a long time to come.
Kinabatangan Elephant Conservation Unit (ECU): works with local communities and elephants in Borneo to raise awareness, mitigate conflicts, and give farmers the tools and training they need for elephant-friendly crop protection
Danau Girang Field Centre: this organization is undertaking the first population biology study of the Bornean elephant; the Zoo provides funding for graduate student scholarships, radio collars, and camera traps.
Elephant Crisis Campaign: the Houston Zoo is proud to partner with organizations which employ anti-poaching units where wildlife is under threat from illegal activities. These organizations work with local villagers to gain their trust and respect in an ongoing process that can help to transform poachers into advocates for wildlife. Other support programs include working with local villagers to humanely protect their crops from elephants, as well as workshops for local staff that, in turn, can help develop resources for food and water security.
Niassa Beehive Fence Project: is run by the Niassa Carnivore Project, which aims to show communities humane and positive ways to stop human-wildlife conflict. When elephants go near crop land, they can devastate the fields and harm humans that come out to retaliate. Beehives are a natural concern to elephants, as the simple sound of a hive will send an elephant in the opposite direction! The beehive fences are easy to construct, humane, and even provide villagers with profit from the honey while keeping elephants out of the crops and away from human dangers.
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