Elephants are classified as "Vulnerable" in the IUCN Red List of Threatened species. We are carrying out a research project in Chizarira National Park in partnership with the Parks Authority to get up to date information on the population and status of this vulnerable species. No research work has been carried out in this park for over 30 years. Our work will assist the Park Manager to better manage and protect this species. One collar has so far been purchased so that the work can begin.
The problem is that the status, population structure, movements, core areas and threats to the elephant population in Chizarira is unknown since no research has been conducted in the park for over 30 years. ALERT in partnership with the Zimbabwe Parks Authority will collect population and demographic data on the elephant in this park. At present no population information is available so that if the population decreasing there is no way to know this without baseline data. One collar is $5000
By collaring selected individuals in a herd, and following them we will be able to obtain the demographics and numbers of the elephants in the park, In addition we be able to know where their core areas are and the movement of elephant so that rangers on patrol can better protect them. Base-line data of this vulnerable species is crucial for the Park Manager so that they are aware of any changes in the population.
Elephant are classified as vulnerable under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Despite their vulnerable status, their population status and numbers are not known in the protected Area of Chizarira. This study will provide this important information and allow sound conservation strategies to be put in place by park managers.