Wildlife Advocates and protected area managers are challenged to monitor vast expanses of land and protect assets with limited resources, increasing the possibility of poaching along with the risk of human wildlife conflict.
The challenge is even more significant when managers don’t have access to their data in a streamlined, consumable way. Without a current understanding of what is happening in their areas, managers don’t have a full picture of what they need to work to protect. As the saying goes, what can’t be measured can’t be improved.
Believing data to be critical to building and promoting programs that bring lasting positive impact, Vulcan has invested to fund programs and build solutions that help front line practitioners perform their work with enhanced information.
In 2014, Vulcan funded and coordinated the Great Elephant Census
, the first pan-African survey of savanna elephants in over 30 years to help understand the current state of African savanna elephants. Completed in coordination with partners, the census showed 352,271 African savanna elephants in 18 countries—a 30% population decline in seven years.