LWE works in partnership with villagers who share environments with the African elephant. The increasing number and severity of encounters between elephants and humans is has caused concern, locally, and internationally. LWE is exploring and researching why, how, where and when conflict occurs. By understanding more clearly how increasing human pressures alter elephant activity and how negative elephant encounters impact humans, effective mitigation strategies and techniques can be developed.
Every year, LWE gives local children an opportunity to touch, feel and walk with the project’s three resident elephants, Jabu, Thembi and Morula, in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Immersed in the world of the African Elephant for two days, ten children at a time, aged between 9 – 12 years, along with two adult chaperones, participate in active educational games and share in discussions, art and music. They learn about the natural history, ecology and behaviour of the African Elephant, their complex relationships with people, and explore actions that encourage a more positive relationship with elephants.