The Abu Philosophy

The whole premise on which Abu Camp is based is that of elephant conservation. The largest of land mammals is a keystone species (in other words, one that has a large effect on the ecosystem in which it lives) and an integral part of Africa’s web of life.

The great paradox of elephant conservation is that while many African countries are experiencing rapidly declining elephant populations, others – such as Botswana – have to cope with burgeoning numbers. Both declining and growing elephant populations present their own challenges, so applied research and adaptive management are essential in their resolution.

The Abu Camp elephant conservation strategy is based on understanding key issues impacting the conservation of southern Africa’s elephants through working with different research institutions. Research goals include investigating important aspects of elephant conservation and behaviour. It is hoped that the lessons learned can make a positive contribution to the future survival of elephants across Africa.