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RESEARCH & OUTREACH
Over the years AERP has made a major contribution to elephant science. The AERP knowledgebase provides powerful and authoritative support to elephant conservation and advocacy campaigns worldwide. The AERP presence in the Amboseli area for more than three decades has ensured the survival of the elephants as well as the Amboseli ecosystem.
AERP research areas: social organization, behavior, demography, ecological dynamics, spatial analyses and mapping, communication, genetics, human-elephant interaction, cognition. Long-term monitoring and the four-decade longitudinal databases underpin all research topics.
Outreach to the Maasai community comprises education and consolation. Support is provided to promising young the form of secondary school bursaries and university scholarships. The program aspires to build a cadre of educated and aware persons who will eventually return to the region to work in conservation and development.
Since 1997, elephant trust has operated a ‘consolation scheme’ to provide cash donations to Maasai herders as a way of saying 'pole' (pronounced poh'-lay, meaning 'sorry' in Kiswahili) for the loss of a cow, sheep or goat killed by an elephant.
Thirty years of AERP presence and protection in Amboseli:
Major contribution to change of attitude towards elephants: