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We need to act now

Worldwide, elephants are struggling for survival. People intrude on their habitat; their food, water and migration routes disappear. To survive, elephants are forced to search for food and water outside of protected areas, resulting in conflicts between elephants and people.

For the future of elephants!

Elephants are a keystone species in the ecosystems they are part of. Elephants disperse seeds, maintain grasslands and find water, all crucial for the survival of other species.

The mission of Bring The Elephant Home is to create a world where people and elephants can thrive by promoting social-ecological resilience and conservation action that respects and incorporates the knowledge and values of local people.

We need your help

We always welcome volunteers, donors and sponsors for our projects. Please consider participating in one of our initiatives or supporting our mission by making a donation. You can follow the latest news here.

Meet the team

Bring The Elephant Home is active on three continents. There is a lot of work to do for our various projects around the world, and we help to realise our ambitious plans is always welcome! More info: volunteer@bteh.org. Meet the team!

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Twisting collars on male elephants in shrub terrain

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Volunteer in South Africa for Bring The Elephant Home

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New volunteer program: March 5 – 14 2024

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  • Exciting days in the field! 🌿 We are busy working on beehive fence innovations as we collaborate with the Native Honeybee and Pollinator Center at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, the Ruam Thai Beekeeping Group, and researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa to assess the effectiveness of two native bee species and a synthetic bee alarm pheromone in deterring wild elephants from entering plantations.. 🐘🐝BeehiveFenceResearch #ConservationPartnership #conservationresearch
  • -Voice of a volunteer-

Bring The Elephant Home brings people together from all around the world for one important mission. To increase chances of survival for elephants, and work towards a world in which people and elephants can live in harmony, benefiting from each other’s existence.

“ The reason why I decided to volunteer for the bring the elephant home organisation is that I’ve seen the value that elephants play in ecosystems as key stone species, therefore I wanted to contribute in some of the strategies to protect them and give them freedom as wild animals to maintain a viable populations across Africa. Lastly the program aligns with my passion for wildlife conservation and by actively participating I can contribute to sustainable development and empower the next generation through education and awareness about the importance of elephants. ”

Language: Xhosa

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  • Mae Tuen Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of more than 1,173  km2. It features a diverse topography with high and rugged mountains, providing a home to Asian elephants. We recently found  wild elephant evidence recordings at elevation of 1,200m above sea level. Wild elephants utilize the landscape seasonally. Along the trails, we found elephant dung and footprints, providing insights into habitat utilization of wild elephant in Mae-Tuen WS. 
In addition to its rich biodiversity, the sanctuary is a culturally significant area with ethnic communities. The region has a long history of cultural diversity. 
Our recent initiative involves setting up camera traps to survey the wild elephant populations in Mae Tuen WS.
Jor Nu (Jor means brother In Karen) also known as “Nhak-Rob” means “warrior” , has been a forest ranger in Mae Tuen Wildlife Sanctuary for several years. He has actively contributed to the research team by installing camera traps with dedication. 
Every steps we take is accompanied by memories, laugh and unforgettable impressions. 
We remember that 
our footprint is always smaller than the Elephant’s. 
Enjoy the adventure!
Big thank you to the research team, MaeTuen WS Rangers and the local people we met along the journey. 
You are all super awesome!
Our new publication titled “Twisting collars on male elephants in shrub terrain: animal welfare considerations for researchers, managers and manufacturers” has been published in Volume 24 of Pachyderm. 

This paper explores a rare phenomenon we encountered of elephant tracking collars twisting on bull elephants in dense shrub terrain in South Africa. This is the first publication out from BTEH researcher Brooke Friswold’s PhD and carries significance in exploring, understanding and improving elephant tracking and research methods. It is critical as researchers that we share our experiences and challenges in research so that we can continue to improve elephant wellbeing in research and management scenarios. 

You can check out the paper through the link in our bio. 

@thewildlifelady  #elephantresearch #elephantresearcher #elephanttracking #elephantbehaviour #conservationmanagement #conservationresearch
  • Today Bring The Elephant Home presented our community-based conservation approach to a delegation from Vietnam at the headquarters of Kuiburi National Park. We’re so proud to see the community leaders presenting our coexistence projects to these high level stakeholders and inspire other people living with wild elephants in Asia 🌳🐘🌶️
  • Happy birthday Bring The Elephant Home! 🎉 We just turned 19! Nearly two decades of incredible moments with these majestic giants! Here’s to many more years of meaningful conservation!

#BTEHbirthday 🥳 #ConservationJourney 🌍
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