The Nutritional and Socio-ecology of Crop-raiding Elephants in Tsavo, Kenya
Georgia is a PhD student studying human-elephant conflict (HEC) in Tsavo, Kenya. Human-elephant conflict, specifically crop-raiding, has become a significant conservation concern threatening the long-term survival of the African elephant (Loxodonta africana). Working in collaboration with Save the Elephants’ Elephants and Bees Project, Georgia’s study focuses on African elephants as a priority conflict species to advance our present understanding of ‘risky’ behaviour developed in mammals living in close proximity to human settlements. Specifically, her research investigates a) the social dynamics of crop-raiding elephants and b) the potential nutritional motivation for crop-raiding by elephants in this semi-arid area of East Africa. The results of her research will provide insight for the development of long-term, targeted management techniques aimed at reducing crop-raiding in the Taita Taveta wildlife corridor between Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks. Georgia is supervised by Prof. Robert Heinsohn (ANU) and Dr. Lucy King (STE).