Dr. Mike Chase, Elephants Without Borders

Howard Frederick, Technical Advisor

About Our Team

Dr. Mike Chase, Ph.D., has been studying the ecology of elephants in Botswana for nearly 15 years and in 2007 read for a doctorate specifically in elephant ecology. During his studies, he founded Elephants Without Borders. Working with Paul Allen, he conceptualized the Great Elephant Census and is serving as the survey’s primary researcher. Much of his childhood was spent in the bush accompanying his father on safaris. Eager to conserve Africa’s wildlife and wild places, Dr. Chase embarked on an academic career in conservation ecology.

Dr. Chase is continually searching for novel and creative ideas for progressive research, which will impact conservation in a timely and meaningful way. He has provided new data on the status of elephants and other wildlife, identified cross-border corridors and discovered new migration routes. His work has been published in scientific journals, magazines and news articles.

Members of the Elephants Without Borders team, including Kelly Landen, far right, Dr. Mike Chase, second from right, show off their new plane to Paul Allen and Vulcan Inc.'s Bert Kolde, third from left.

Members of the Elephants Without Borders team, including Kelly Landen, far right, Dr. Mike Chase, second from right, show off their new plane to Paul Allen and Vulcan Inc.'s Bert Kolde, third from left.


Our partners share the conviction that science will be key in determining the elephants’ future. As such, our partners’ teams comprise leading elephant scientists and researchers. This powerhouse of knowledge and experience will provide credible data and essential insights into the state of the African elephant population. More information about our partners will be added as the project accelerates. 

African Parks

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African Parks is a non-profit organization that takes on direct responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks, in partnership with governments and local communities. By adopting a business approach to conservation, supported by donor funding, they aim to make each park sustainable in the long-term, thereby contributing to economic development and poverty alleviation. They currently manage seven parks in six countries with a combined area of 4.1 million hectares: Zakouma National Park in Chad, Garamba National Park in the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Republic of Congo, Akagera National Park in Rwanda, Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi, and Liuwa Plain National Park and Bangweulu Wetlands in Zambia.

African Parks is focused on achieving conservation results. In central Africa where more than 64 percent of the region’s forest elephants have been poached during the past 10 years, the organization’s successes have been achieved predominantly through comprehensive and effective anti-poaching strategies and tactics, executed by experienced and highly-skilled park management teams.

www.african-parks.org                             www.facebook.com/AfricanParks

elephants without borders

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, Mike Chase founded Elephants Without Borders (EWB) 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. 

EWB uses 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.

EWB believes 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. 

Mike Chase is the principal researcher leading and coordinating the Great Elephant Census. 

www.elephantswithoutborders.org                          www.facebook.com/elephantswithoutborders

Frankfurt Zoological Society

FZS is an international conservation organisation based in Frankfurt in Germany. Founded by Prof. Bernhard Grzimek, FZS is now committed to preserving wildlands and biological diversity in the last remaining wilderness areas on the planet.

The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was the starting point of the Frankfurt Zoological Society's conservation efforts. At the end of the 1950s Bernhard Grzimek launched what has since become a comprehensive programme consisting of some 45 projects dedicated to the protection of outstanding wilderness areas and national parks in 18 countries. The conservation focus of all FZS projects is on protecting wilderness areas and preserving biodiversity. All FZS programmes are oriented towards these two criteria.

FZS is active in biodiversity-rich areas in central and eastern Europe, in east Africa, in central South America and in south-east Asia. In terms of habitats the main focus is on the great savanna, forest, wetland and mountain areas. The main emphasis in Europe is on wilderness development in Germany and the conservation of pristine habitats in the Balkan states, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Our project countries in east Africa are: Tanzania, DR Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. The focus in South America is on our major programme in Peru and our new project in Guyana. The project areas in south-east Asia are Sumatra and Vietnam.

www.fzs.org                                       www.facebook.com/FZS.TZ


The mission of the IUCN/SSC African Elephant Specialist Group is to promote the long-term conservation of Africa's elephants throughout their range.


The Nature Conservancy 

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. They address the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale. They have protected more than 119 million acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers  worldwide and operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. They work in all 50 states and more than 35 countries protecting habitats from grasslands to coral reefs, from Australia to Alaska to Zambia, and address threats to conservation involving climate change, fresh water, oceans, and conservation lands.

www.nature.org                         www.facebook.com/thenatureconservancy

wildlife conservation society 

The Wildlife Conservation Society was founded in 1895 with the clear mission to save wildlife and wild places across the globe. They currently manage about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries; and educate millions of visitors at our five living institutions in New York City on important issues affecting our planet. 

With a commitment to protect 50 percent of the world’s biodiversity, they address four of the biggest issues facing wildlife and wild places: climate change; natural resource exploitation; the connection between wildlife health and human health; and the sustainable development of human livelihoods. While taking on these issues, they work across 5.8 million square kilometers (3.6 million square miles), both land and sea, protecting 40 percent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity and 55 percent of its marine biodiversity.

www.wcs.org                                  www.facebook.com/TheWCS