Helping People and Elephants Coexist in Botswana

Did you know Botswana has the largest wild elephant population in the world? They roam freely throughout the land, especially in Northern Botswana.

People and elephants in the Okavango Panhandle. Photo courtesy of Amanda Stronza.

With such a large elephant population, even in remote, sparsely populated regions in Botswana it is inevitable that elephants will occasionally interfere with the lives and livelihoods of farmers in the area.

So Botswana is fertile ground for field research to explore and develop viable solutions to help humans and elephants co-exist, and one interesting Ecoexist project is underway to do just that. Co-led by Dr. Amanda Stronza, associate professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University, and one of three co-directors of the program Ecoexist.

Click here to read about this interesting project, and view the amazing photos Dr. Stronza posted from the field.

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