Safeguarding the Populations of Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) in the Port-Gauthier and Dassioko Forest Reserves in Côte d’Ivoire
Côte d’Ivoire’s forest elephant population has been declining for decades. The Dassioko and Port Gauthier Forest Reserve are two of the remaining intact habitats for forest elephants but are threatened by illegal clearing, poaching, and human-elephant conflict. To protect this habitat and the elephants therein, this project is conducting regular patrols to identify signs of poaching and find and remove snares/traps. They are also working closely with local farmers to help prevent human-elephant conflict, teach effective mitigation techniques, and educate the community about elephant and wildlife conservation.