Preserving Africa´s Last Great Tuskers
Preserving Africa´s last great tuskers
Poaching for ivory dramatically increases the pressure on individual elephants carrying the iconic large tusks. These are often breeding bulls in their prime. Removing these magnificent bulls out of the population allows males with smaller or no tusks to breed more frequently and thus pass their genes to a greater number of offspring.
To ensure the genetic survival of the large tuskers, GEOlifes- Animal Fertility and Reproductive Research will collect and cryopreserve semen of South Africa´s largest male elephants while testing a new protocol for the standing sedation of wild African elephant bulls. The ejaculates will be frozen in liquid nitrogen using a recently developed (through IEF funding) low-tech, field-friendly method.
Viable, cryopreserved spermatozoa will be stored at the National Zoological Gardens Biomaterial Bank in South Africa. Through this innovative and insightful approach, semen may be stored for decades and thus represent a valuable genetic resource. Artificial insemination with frozen-thawed semen has been successful in African elephants, thus, the “tusker genetics” may be revived in the future, should the iconic bulls become extinct in the wild.
- African Parks Conservation Training Program
- Conservation Justice-Wildlife Department collaboration with wildlife law enforcement in Port-Gentil, Gabon
- Conservation of Elephants, Uganda
- Farmer-elephant coexistence: Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for reducing elephant crop-raiding
- Generating support for elephant conservation among local people near Ruaha, Tanzania
- Human-elephant conflict mitigation for the communities of Chiawa, Zambia
- Logistical support the Nsama community scout anti-poaching unit for Nsumbu National Park
- Mounted Horse Patrol, Anti-Poaching, Kenya
- Preserving Africa´s Last Great Tuskers
- Protecting Elephants through Conservation Detection Dog Network
- Protecting Elephants of Kibale National Park- Uganda
- Support to Joint Conservancy Anti-poaching Team of Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) to protect African elephants in northern Kenya