Elephant Monitoring and Conservation in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park (VNP) has a population of elephants that is largely regarded as pests by the neighboring communities. Their habitat is threatened by encroachment and clearing for human use, leaving a small percentage of their former range for the elephants. This project focuses on building sustainable elephant protection through monitoring with camera traps, and conservation actions to reduce crop-raiding in farmlands adjacent to VNP. Conservation awareness and education activities will focus on border communities, farmlands, and primary schools where eco-clubs will be set up to encourage the next generation to break the pattern of conflict. Park rangers will receive training on elephant monitoring and modern data collection techniques, and that data will be used to understand elephant movements and resource usage to better determine causes of HEC.