Implementation of an Elephant Migration Corridor, Namibia

Namibia’s unique and rare desert-adapted elephants are decreasing. Since 2015, 11 adult elephants have died from both natural and man-made causes. Drought has forced elephants closer to humans, often onto commercial lands, causing human-elephant conflict, property damage, and financial losses. This project addresses the serious need for habitat connectivity, securing migration routes to allow elephants to safely move to find resources without coming into contact with human communities. A thorough study of the elephant population size, composition, behavior, and vulnerability using camera traps, patrols, and direct observation will be conducted and then used to identify and secure corridors and buffer zones for safe elephant movement. Water points will also be provided along migration routes to encourage elephants to stay on communal lands instead of commercial farms.