Another focus of WWF is capacity building. Hundreds of people have received training in elephant management issues such as law enforcement, elephant population monitoring and human-elephant conflict mitigation.
Keeping elephant poaching downWhere necessary, WWF is stepping up anti-poaching efforts around protected areas harbouring elephants, including Campo Ma'an, Salonga and Virunga National Parks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In Cameroon, WWF is also working towards establishing new protected areas in elephant range - such as in Ebo Forest.
Revealing the habits of the forest elephantIn the Tri-Nationale de la Sangha, a complex of three protected areas, WWF continues to work with the North Carolina Zoo and the government of Cameroon to monitor elephants.
Radio-tracking studies have shown that animals spend at least 80% of their time outside protected areas, highlighting the need to work with local stakeholders to manage wildlife in buffer zones.
The results of the MIKE (Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants) surveys in Central Africa have provided baseline data on key elephant populations. This includes elephant hotspots, areas where there is a high density of elephant populations, and areas where poaching activities are taking place.
Such information makes it possible for WWF and partners to prioritize specific sites and issues for intervention.