Elephant Satellite Tracking and Land-use Planning

Why is this project so important?

Parts of the Kalabakan and Gunung Rara Forest Reserves have recently been cleared and replaced by palm oil plantations that hamper migration routes between Sapulut Forest Reserve and the rest of the Central Sabah Range. In the Telupid Complex, conflicts with villagers have increased dramatically during the last two years. Moreover several elephants have been killed - either shot or poisoned - in palm oil plantations or adjacent forest reserves with 14 dead elephants discovered poisoned in January 2013 alone.

Project Partner: Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC)

Duration: 2010 - present

Project goal: To manage human-elephant conflicts in palm oil plantations in Sabah state, Malaysia.

Borneo (Sabah) elephant population: 2,000-2,400

What we do

In Borneo we are powering the use of radio collars and camera traps to track elephants across three key regions. This vital data is being used to trace elephant movements across otherwise impenetrable forest ranges. Most critically, it has provided conclusive evidence to governments and companies that wild elephants desperately need their habitat. It has invigorated arguments to stop development and protect forests in the face of endless requests to turn this pristine habitat into plantations for palm oil production.