Elephant Listening Project in Nouabale-Ndoki National Park

The Nouabale-Ndoki National Park is a haven of African rainforest biodiversity. This ecologically rich region is home to iconic wildlife, including African forest elephants, the largest population of the Western lowland gorilla, and many more.

However, this pristine forest habitat and its wildlife are under threat. The growing demand for ivory has resulted in an increase in elephant poaching for their tusks. Commercial logging from the timber industry is destroying rainforest habitat in the region on an unprecedented scale.

The Elephant Listening project has established the largest grid of acoustic sensors ever attempted in a tropical forest, with 50 sensors listening to 1,250km2 of rainforest. These listening devices can record in great detail where elephants are moving and what they are doing. These listening devices also record the activities of ivory poachers, mapping where they are and when. These continuous recordings provide the project team and managers the information they need to make evidence-based decisions about anti-poaching and conservation efforts in the area.

By supporting the Elephant Listening project, you help monitor the activities of both elephants and poachers in the Nouabale-Ndoki National Park, and protect all wildlife and forest in this African eden.