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Cameroon Elephant Conservation

Elephant in CameroonElephant populations across Africa are increasingly threatened by accelerating competition for resources with humans.  Both forest and savanna elephant populations are shrinking as people gradually erode their habitat and hunt elephants for their meat and ivory. The NC Zoo has been involved with the conservation of elephants in Cameroon, Central Africa for ten years.  The project, led by NC Zoo Chief Veterinarian Dr. Mike Loomis, focuses on monitoring elephant behavior using satellite tracking collars.  By placing trackingMap showing Cameroon collars on elephants, the project is able to document annual elephant ranges and identify important areas for conservation.  The project also works to reduce conflict between elephants and people, primarily due to crop raiding by elephants.  By studying elephant movements and involving local people, the NC Zoo elephant project has been able to reduce both impacts on the human population (injuries and crop losses) and the killing of elephants.  NC Zoo elephant conservation research in Cameroon is conducted in collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Central Africa Regional Programme Office.

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