Elephant Utilization of the Zambezi-Chobe Floodplain Wildlife Dispersal Area, Zambia

The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) in southern Africa is one of the world’s largest conservation areas, encompassing 520,000 km2 across 5 countries. KAZA TFCA was established to provide wildlife connectivity throughout its protected landscape, yet through ongoing habitat loss, illegal land clearing, and logging it is irreversibly losing its capacity to provide functional wildlife movement corridors. Identification and protection of wildlife movement, land use planning, and anti-poaching activities require quality data about wildlife activities and human disturbances, which this study will provide via GPS collared elephants. Another component of this project builds upon the previously IEF-funded work to mitigate human-elephant conflict using electric poliwire fencing of crops, which has been successfully trialed and is being put into use over a greater area.