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BTEH is dedicated to the well-being and survival of African and Asian elephants, fostering socio-ecological resilience in communities seeking human-elephant coexistence, and striving for a world where both elephants and people can thrive. Our community-based conservation approach, developed since BTEHโ€™s founding in 2004, emphasises shared decision-making, sustainability, equality, and partnerships. Through our projects, we promote evidence-based solutions that achieve human-elephant coexistence through range expansion, habitat restoration and supporting farmers in elephant-friendly livelihoods and land use, generating benefits for people, elephants and the ecosystems they share.

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 increase the chances of survival for elephants
in the wild and strive towards a
harmonious world where both humans and elephants can thrive, mutually benefiting from
coexistence.

We need your help

We always welcome partners, 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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New Field Program South Africa: Sept 2-11 2024

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What happens when you drop a fence: 5 observations

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Series of Adventures in Ruam Thai Village as a visiting researcher

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  • ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒณ Weโ€™ve just wrapped up our final data collection trip in the Mae Ping-Omkoi Forest Complex! Over the past two years, weโ€™ve achieved so much:

๐Ÿ” Determined the wild elephant population in 5 protected areas.
๐Ÿ“ธ Assessed herd structure and demographics with 28 camera traps.
๐Ÿ“š Created an individual identification database.
๐ŸŒฟ Discovered 2 new species in the forest complex!
๐ŸŒฑ Vegetation surveys to understand elephantsโ€™ impact on the ecosystem.
๐Ÿค Engaged stakeholders in conservation and human-elephant conflict activities.
๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ Supported ranger teams with tools and equipment.
๐Ÿ˜ Collected behavior data from 10+ captive elephants in nearby villages.
๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ Interviewed mahouts, elephant owners, and farmers to gauge social attitudes.

A huge thank you to all the protected area staff and community members who supported our field teams! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’š #ElephantConservation #WildlifeResearch #MaePingOmkoi #SaveTheElephants
  • ๐Ÿ“ฃ๐Ÿ˜ The widely popular Coexistence Shirt is back in stock! 
Hand-dyed by the local community in Ruam Thai village, a hotspot area of human-elephant conflict. The purchase of this unique t-shirt directly supports elephant conservation projects and the local people living alongside wild elephants. 

Your t-shirt comes with a great story, too: elephant dung and mineral-rich soil are used in the tie-dye process!

Grab one before they are gone again! https://elephantandco.org/

#WildlifeConservation #NatureLovers #SaveTheElephants #ElephantConservation
  • ๐Ÿ“ฒ โœจWill you answer the call? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Join our next research expedition! 
Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa
Sept 2 โ€“ 11, 2024
https://bring-the-elephant-home.org/project/elephant-research/
  • ๐ŸŽ‰ Exciting News! ๐Ÿปโœจ We've captured a rare Sun bear (Helarctos malayanus)on our camera trap! This incredible sighting gives us a unique glimpse into the life of one of the world's most elusive creatures.

Sunbears, known for their small size and distinctive chest patches, are rarely seen, making this capture extra special. The sun bear is currently listed as vulnerable by the IUCN, facing threats from habitat destruction, illegal wildlife trade, and poaching.

#SunbearSighting #WildlifeConservation #RareAnimals #CameraTrap #NatureLovers
  • ๐Ÿ‘€Do you act differently when someone is watching? ๐Ÿ˜ Turns out elephants do! 

๐Ÿ”New research by Vesta Eleuteri et al., including our colleague and friend Lucy Bates, on elephant communication reveals intriguing findings about their social interactions. Elephants intelligently adjust their gestures based on whether their audience can see them, suggesting they use intentional communication similar to humans. They mix vocalizations and physical gestures in various combinations, with the most common being rumbles paired with ear flapping, especially among females.

This study not only highlights the complexity of elephant greetings but also shows their capability to communicate intentionally across different sensory modes. It sheds light on the sophisticated ways in which a species, distant from humans on the evolutionary tree, can still exhibit advanced social behaviors and attention to detail in communication.

Eleuteri, V., Bates, L., Rendle-Worthington, J. et al. Multimodal communication and audience directedness in the greeting behaviour of semi-captive African savannah elephants. Commun Biol 7, 472 (2024). 

#ElephantResearch #AnimalBehavior #CommunicationStudies #WildlifeConservation #ScienceResearch
  • ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒฟ Bee the Change is in full swing; by using beehives as fences, we're not only protecting crops but also nurturing biodiversity and safeguarding our buzzing friends.

But the heatwave hitting Thailand is putting our bee colonies at risk. ๐ŸŒž Climate change is here, impacting both wildlife and communities. ๐ŸŒ We need your help to keep our Bee the Change project buzzing! ๐Ÿโœจhttps://bring-the-elephant-home.org/project/bee-the-change/

Your donation can make a real impact by supporting our efforts to mitigate human-elephant conflict and combat climate change. ๐ŸŒฑ Let's come together to protect our planet and its precious inhabitants. ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’› #BeeConservation #ClimateEmergency #DonateToday

Donate Here: https://bring-the-elephant-home.org/project/bee-the-change/