African Elephant Man Interview
Dr. Charles Foley of the Tarangire Elephant Project (TEP), interviewed at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. TEP began in 1993 as a Ph.D. study on the effects of poaching on the social system of the African elephant (Loxodonta africana). Since the start of the project over 800 elephants have been individually recognized, forming one of the largest elephant databases in Africa. The project has examined various aspects of elephant reproductive success, behavior, demography, physiology, endocrinology, and the impact on the environment. Since 1998, the focus of the work has become increasingly conservation oriented, with particular emphasis on identifying and protecting wildlife migration corridors and dispersal areas outside the parks, and reducing the levels of human-elephant conflict which are increasingly impacting the well-being of African elephants. African footage courtesy Doug Schaaf. Produced by Ryan Hawk.