Living with Wildlife
Space for Giants aims to minimise the costs people face when they live close to where large and sometimes dangerous wild animals roam. Elephants, especially, can cross from their wild habitats into fields and destroy a farmer’s entire annual harvest in one night of ‘crop-raiding’. This causes ‘human-elephant conflict’ when people try to force elephants back into their territory. Both people and elephants can be injured or killed in these incidents.
We believe human-elephant conflict is, with pressure on habitats, the greatest threat facing the long-term survival of Africa’s elephants. Everywhere where we work, we aim to keep elephants and people safe from one another, and to ensure that rather than a cost, wildlife brings benefits.
Our projects include:
KENYA – West Laikipia Fence
Human-elephant conflict in Laikipia is among the worst in Kenya. Space for Giants leads the county taskforce mandated to deal with this, pioneering an electrified fence that will eventually stretch more than 100km between farmland and elephant habitats. As each kilometre of fence is installed, the effect is immediate: significant decreases in elephant crop-raiding.
KENYA – Amboseli Ecosystem
Space for Giants is helping Big Life Foundation, the Amboseli Ecosystem Trust, the Kenyan Wildlife Service and other partners to look at changing land use and tenure in this critical elephant habitat. The studies recommended electrified fences, which have started to be built. We are helping develop a human-elephant conflict mitigation strategy.
GABON – Electrified fences
Central Africa’s forest elephants face a triple threat: poaching is soaring, friction with local people is increasing, and there is a great deal less attention on their plight than their savannah cousins. Space for Giants is building electrified fences deep in rainforest areas to keep elephants from both small-scale and industrial farms.