Conserving Desert Elephants in Nambia
- By: Bianca Eke
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/bianca-eke
My name is Bianca Eke and I'm the Conservation Experience Consultant at Worldwide Experience. I am raising funds to get to Namibia to support one of the two remaining of desert dwelling elephant populations at our Conserving Desert Elephants project.
Since 2003, Worldwide Experience's ground partner, Elephant-Human Relations Aid (EHRA) Namibia has helped to foster peaceful relationships between free-roaming desert elephants and humans in Namibia, Africa through its unique Elephant Wildlife Volunteer Project and Community Educational Programme, the PEACE (People and Elephants Amicably Co-Existing) Project.
EHRA is a Namibian registered not-for-profit organisation, active in the region for over 15 years to advocate for desert elephant conservation. The project's mission is to find and implement practical solutions that help combat elephant-human conflict, and thereby secure a future for Namibia’s free-roaming desert elephants.
The Conserving Desert Elephants experience is an award-winning wildlife volunteer project offers a rewarding opportunity to make a hands-on contribution to wildlife conservation and community upliftment in Namibia.
Working from mobile base camps in the vicinity of the Brandberg in the ephemeral Ugab River, the volunteer teams immerse themselves in pioneer conservation work. This project is not for those interested in bottle-feeding cuddly baby elephants but it is about real; spearhead conservation work in a harsh desert environment where small bands of secretive, desert adapted elephants roam vast wilderness areas. Where subsistence farmers eke out an existence and need all the help they can get in their confrontation with the elephants competing for precious water resources.
The project also conducts PEACE seminars which help people live with their elephant neighbours and to decrease conflict through education, raising awareness, and promoting ventures to enhance livelihoods.
Through concerted efforts over the past 20 years, the population of desert dwelling elephants in the region has grown from as low as 52 members to a current population of around 600 elephants.
The Funds will be used towards
- Getting to the project in Namibia
- Donation towards the project
- Payment for my meals at the project while volunteering
- Dec 19, 2019 - R 814.00
- "." - Anonymous
- Dec 03, 2019 - R 102.82
- "Goodluck!!" - Anonymous