Space for Giants was literally built on research and science, evolving from our founder’s Cambridge PhD on human-wildlife conflict. Data continues to drive and refine our approach, with further doctorates on fencing and elephant behaviour, new reports pending on global anti-poaching, elephant movement mapping, and ranger patrol tools to inform wildlife protection.
WHERE DO WE DO THIS?
Angola Botswana GABON KENYA Namibia Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe
Rangers are in the field on a daily basis, and they are the best eyes and ears we have to understand the landscapes we seek to conserve. We have helped trial a new smartphone-based app for rangers called the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) in Loisaba Conservancy that collects data on animal sightings, security incidents, and patrol information.
Increasing human settlement and activity is encroaching on what used to be relatively wild areas. In places, this happens on elephant migration paths, increasing the chance of human-elephant conflict. By fitting elephants with collars carrying chips linked to satellites, we can map their movements and advise authorities of areas with the highest wildlife densities. This informs policy, and makes it easier for wildlife and people to continue to live alongside each other.
Space for Giants has built up the world’s leading database of research about how elephants react to increasing human settlement. Our research on Kenya’s savannah elephants in Laikipia has led to further study being commissioned on similar topics for forest elephants in Gabon.