In less than a decade, forest elephant populations, a distinct species of African elephant, have declined by 62% and lost 30% of their range. Low reproductive rates threaten the long-term survival of this species. Researchers will characterize, for the first time, the reproductive cycle in forest elephants. The team will collect data on how human activity, and resulting stress, is impacting reproductive success in these animals. Findings will fill in critical knowledge gaps about this species’ health and inform conservation strategies weighing factors such as human activity and encroachment on forest elephant reproduction.
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Indiana University, Bloomington
Daniella E. Chusyd, PhD