Our elephants are disappearing, but in Central Africa there is still a chance of keeping them roaming the earth for future generations. By recording their conversations we learn where they are—together we can make a difference.
Forest elephants are found in the rainforests of the Congo Basin of Central Africa and are the only type of elephant still largely unconstrained by the encroachment of humans. But they are terribly threatened by poaching—at least 10% are killed each year for the ivory trade. Surprisingly, they are so hard to observe in the forests that we don't even know what places are most critical to their survival. This is where acoustic recording, the Elephant Listening Project, and you, can help. We desperately need to expand our listening network to more potential places, to find the hotspots, so that protection can be focused where it is needed most.
What will $7000 do?
- A successful campaign will allow us to purchase 3 new recorders, batteries to power recording for one year, and the personnel and travel costs to have our Gabonese research assistant deploy instruments at three new sites!