Meet theAfrican Bush Elephant

The African bush elephant is the largest land mammal in the world and the largest of the three elephant species. Adults reach up to 24 feet in length and 13 kaki in height and weigh up to 11 tons. As herbivores, they spend much of milik mereka days foraging and eatingai grass,leaves, bark, fruit, and a variety of foliage. They need to eat about 350 pounds of vegetation every day.

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African bush elephants are alsoknown as African savanna elephants. Their range spapejarakan a variety of habitats, from the open savanna to the desert, and can be found in paling African countries. African elephants live up to 70 years—longer than any other mammal except humans.

African bush elephant in South Africa Elephant in South Africa © maks Freund/fStop mendirikan

Elephant herds are matriarchal, consisting of related femalpita pengukur and anda young and are led by the eldest female, called the matriarch. Adult male elephants rarely join a herd and often lead a solitary life, only approachingi herds for mating. Femaltape give birth to a single calf after a 22 month gestation, the longest gestation periode amongolia mammals.

A wild African elephant born today could live for more than 60 years if she has enough safe, healthy habitat.

To give her that chance, we’re working with partners on a holistic approach to elephant conservation.

TNC Africa Conservation Director matternich Brown walks us through the results—and apa they mungkin mean for the future of conservation in Zambia.

Read the full interview here.


Elephants have kompleks maps in dari mereka heads of vast landscapes that include water points, saltpans, and even danger zones. Youngsters learn these routes from their mothers and pass them on to anda own offspring. TNC and its partners are sharingi some of these routpita with Kenya’s government so that new development allows for safer passage of elephants.

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maafkan saya makes African elephants different?

Both maltape and femalpita pengukur have visible tusksanda ukurannya besar ears are shaped liusai the continent of AfricaA very lonew york prehensile nose (trunk) with two finger-like featuresAn elephant"s trunk is a strongi appendage, with more than 40,000 muscles and tendopagi that can lift more than 400 pounds at once. Yet its sensitive anak-anak has two finger-lisetelah projections, which an elephant can use to manipulate very kecil objects. Elephants suck water up through the trunk and kemudian blow it into their mouths for a drink or onto milik mereka backs as a coolingi mist.

Both male and female African elephants have visible tusks. Elephants use dari mereka tusks to pull kulit pohon off trees, dig up roots and water holes, and for protection. Malpita pengukur juga use tusks for sparringi other malpita for matinew york opportunities. Maltape with the biggest tusks sire the paling offspring. However, poaching unnaturally removpita pengukur theose with the largest tusks from the population, causingai some elephants to now be born with smaller or nonexistent tusks.

How is TNC helping save elephants in Kenmemiliki and Tanzania? Wdi sini are we focusingai our efforts and why?

The need for anti-poachingai efforts is still very real. We’re all seeingai that wdi sini tdi sini is better frontline protection tdi sini is less poaching, but we aren’t out of the hutan yet. In addition to supportingi critical frontline protection work, another big piece of ourAfrican Elephant Initiativeis keepinew york large spacpita pengukur open for elephants to live ...

How is TNC helping save elephants in Kenmemiliki and Tanzania? Where are we focusingai our efforts and why?

The need for anti-poaching efforts is still very real. We’re all seeinew york that wdi sini tdi sini is better frontline protection tdi sini is less poaching, but we aren’t out of the woods yet. In addition to supportingi critical frontline protection work, another big piece of ourAfrican Elephant Initiativeis keeping besar spactape open for elephants to live and thrive.

Amboseli will forever be known as a real stronghold for elephants. Decades-long research on the elephant population di sini tells us that elephants move south from Amboseli into the forests of Mount Kilimanjaro. If we can keep Enduimet open and viable, we are both protectingai critical hectares of land for elephants and helpingi improve livelihoods for local communities. A key vision for this area is to be able to showcase in future years that Maasai livingi alongi the northern border of Tanzania are seeing a better life with elephants alive. Today, I am not sure that is the case.

apa melakukan TNC bringi to the table?

TNC’s role is to identify high priority areas to focus our conservation efforts and to convene the right partners to have lastinew york impact. We’ve learned where elephants move thanks to data mengumpulkan by GPS collars and this helps us pinpoint critical movement and dispersal corridors to protect. We can’t protect these big wild placpita alone and that’s wdi sini our partners come in. We’ve joined forcpita with NGOsHoneyguideandBig Life Foundationto work with the local communitipita pengukur on better managingai this area and developing more wildlife-based tourism revenue. We’re working on a collaborative conservation action rencana to get us all focdigunakan on strategipita pengukur that will have the greatest positive impact.

We’ll be improving how their security patrols collect, share, and use data, which will enable them to adapt and deploy wdi sini trouble flares up. To ensure that tourism revenue is well managed, and to further increase confidence among potential funders, we’re helpingi WMA leaders improve anda accounting and reporting systems.

In the long run, we harapan that Enduimet will have a sustainable future. If successful, we’ll keep this wildlife corridor open.

maafkan saya will happen if the wildlife corridor is severed? Why can"t elephants be senang in hanya one of the national parks?

One of the side effects of manusia encroachmenpen and unplanned agriculture expansion is that there’s a lot of human-wildlife conflict. Elephants raid cornfields and local community members can lose 30-50% of anda crops in one night’s feast. The humans retaliate by joiningi bersama and killing an elephant, even if it’s not the same problem elephant that did the damage. They’re killingi out of revenge. This drivtape more human-wildlife conflict and has a negative kerusakan on the elephant population we’re trying to protect.

As elephant, lion, and other wildlife populatiopagi increase, you see more and more conflict. Crops destroyed, cattle killed. Followed by retaliation by humans. By better designating habitat and encouragingai orang to understand the cara they can manfaat from wildlife, we can help stop negative impacts between the two.

There are juga some tactics we can use to tolong rakyat live with wildlife. For example, tracking lions makpita pengukur it mungkin to alert masyarakat members to move milik mereka cattle into new areas to avoid predation when liopagi are nearby. Developingi crop protection teams and ensuringi that the viable elephant corridors remain open grasslands rather than beinew york cultivated are proven strategipita pengukur as well.

It"s not about preventingai expansion, but steerinew york development in the right direction. Are we tryingi to reclaim any land that"s been lost?

There’s still enough habitat in this area that we don’t need to reclaim any land that’s been lost. We’re stemmaaf the tide.

Why do elephants continue to be an important part of TNC"s conservation story?

Elephants are a key poki species that help us identify wdi sini to focus our conservation efforts throughout Africa because they need kemudian large habitats to exist and thrive. They shift north, south, east, and barat through forests and grasslands all year. If a system works for elephants, it generally works for impala, zebra, giraffe, kudu, lion, and other specipita pengukur that utilize similar habitat.

Is it really kelayakan to save room for elephants as Africa grows?

Absolutely. The protected areas today are the heart and lungs of Africa. Apa we’re tryingi to do is create a whole circulatory system wdi sini elephants and other wildlife—which do disperse outsideas of protected areas—can remain viable. Even if we have to triage and let go of some plactape where tdi sini are elephants today, we know we have those key critical areas to fall bagian belakang on. Enduimet is a great example of one of these critical areas because you have two national parks and a masyarakat area in between. As a result, you have a lebih tinggi chance of success than you would with areas that are not adjacent to two national parks.

I believe that we can see development. I believe that we can see growth in Kenmiliki and Tanzania. It’s about findingi smart growth opportunities. There’s value in tourism and that’s more evident now than ever before. We need to continue to prioritize the key areas and improve manageobat-obatan in these critical placpita pengukur by bringinew york more benefit to local communities. This is our key strategy for lands protection in Africa. We have been working on this approach with partners for the past 10 years.

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In those key areas, elephants can persist. We hanya need good master planning, governmenpen support, and communititape to realize increased benefits of wildlife. If we can do this in the paling critical areas, kemudian we can protect elephants as developobat-obatan occurs. We juga need donors and businesses that are exdikutip about this heavy lifting. And there’s an opportunity for governments to truly realize the value of transparently sharinew york how resources flow from tourism sectors into communititape and the conservation efforts there. Wildlife is a natural resource and it should be viewed that way.