Working to Protect African Elephants
The Maryland Zoo has a long history of caring for African elephants and is committed to their survival in the wild. This survival depends upon knowledge of elephant biology and behavior that will guide conservation priorities and management decisions. Such knowledge comes through research, and the Zoo actively collaborates in several African elephant research studies that directly relate to their protection in their native range. Because elephants in zoos are more approachable and cooperative than their wild counterparts, they are immensely valuable to research efforts. The Zoo supports the work of several Africa-based conservation partners. Our closest collaboration is with Elephants for Africa, a team of field researchers focusing on better understanding and protecting bull elephants and developing means for local people to live safely and peacefully near elephants.