Science & Technology

Elephants Without Borders

Case Study: Saving Africa’s Wild Elephants

Tucked in the heart of Southern Africa, Botswana is a unique country filled with deltas, deserts, grasslands and savannas. And roaming across its epic landscapes are some of the most extraordinary wildlife in the world, including the iconic elephant. 

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation supports an NGO called Elephants Without Borders (EWB) as it works to conserve the rich biodiversity of Botswana and preserve its landscapes.

Headed by Dr. Mike Chase, EWB strives to identify wildlife migratory corridors, secure wild habitats, and elevate conservation of all wildlife. Today, Botswana has the largest elephant population remaining on the African continent, and EWB is a group working hard to keep it that way.

The Foundation helps fund a variety of the organization’s efforts. One project includes placing satellite collars on elephants to locate migration paths, identify wildlife corridors and vacant habitats. To date EWB has deployed state-of-the-art satellite collars on more than 60 elephants in Botswana, Namibia and Zambia, as well as along the Angolan border within Namibia.

EWB has also conducted several extensive aerial surveys to help determine elephant numbers, their habitat needs and seasonal distribution. Since 2001, the EWB team has amassed around 2,000 hours of aerial survey flying, counting elephants and other wildlife in Angola, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. These surveys provide new and essential information on the population status of elephants and other threatened wildlife species.

Africa holds a special place for our founders, Paul Allen and Jody Allen. They are proud to support outstanding partners who are doing important conservation work throughout the region.