Elephants Without Borders (EWB, Inc.)
Elephants Without Borders is a non-profit, tax-exempt, registered
organization in the Republic of Botswana. Registered in the Deeds
Office of Botswana, as the Somarela Trust under number MA 18/2004.
Under number 91451 of the Business Names Act, the Trust operates
as Elephants Without Borders.
Elephants Without Borders (EWB, Inc.) is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 public
charity, registered in the State of New York, USA, incorporated
under section 402, Type B, under section 201. Public Registered
Charity # 41-30-49
After Mike Chase received his PhD, he was determined to continue
studying and conserving the world’s largest elephant population,
so he founded and established Elephants Without Borders (EWB). Appropriately,
EWB is based in Kazungula, Botswana’s border town where the
boundaries of Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe meet along
the Zambezi River. EWB operates its’ projects and activities
in Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe under the official
endorsement and full support of government authorities. With an
estimated 151,000 elephants also calling the northern reaches of
Botswana home, this wildlife hot spot is the ideal location for
Elephants Without Borders researchers to study the migratory patterns,
behavior, and ecology of pachyderms. EWB is the country’s
leading regional cross-border research project focused on elephant
conservation and management.
Since elephants don’t use passports, the notion of elephants
and conservation without borders is crucial for preserving biodiversity
and a healthy landscape. Using African elephants as an inspiration,
EWB strives to identify wildlife migratory corridors, secure wild
habitats and elevate conservation of all wildlife. The largest mammal
that walks the earth is now leading the way to help save vast areas
of wild lands and the biodiversity they support.
The great paradox about elephant conservation is that while many
African countries are experiencing rapidly declining elephant populations,
others have to cope with rising elephant numbers. Both declining
and growing elephant numbers present certain problems and concerns.
Botswana has the largest elephant population remaining on the African
continent. Ironically, the recovery of this country’s elephant
population has led to growing concern about how to manage this large
population. Some people are worried that elephants have recovered
in greater numbers than the environment can sustain, and there is
significant concern over increasing human-elephant conflict.
We use state-of-the-art technology, to monitor the movements, status
and behavior of elephants, addressing complex issues regarding elephant
ecology through research studies and sharing the results with decision
makers and local communities.
Better understanding elephant ecology and sharing this information
allows us to work towards securing key habitats and migratory corridors
for wildlife to flourish. EWB also provides advisory services to
governments, private sector, local communities, researchers, journalists
At EWB, we believe elephants are of considerable economic, ecological,
cultural and aesthetic value to many people in the world and are
one of Africa’s most valuable wildlife species. They are the
flagships, providing motivation for raising awareness, stimulating
action, encouraging funding for conservation efforts, and generating
opportunities to reconsider the boundaries between conservation
and rural development. Our vision, to open borders for Africa’s
wildlife through education and research will help ensure future
generations share their lives with these great giants.
“…Raising awareness, stimulating action…”