Elephants Without Borders does not send you any mail. I have donated every month for 1-2 years. I appreciate everything they do, but the reason I continue to donate is because they don't waste paper, money, time, and resources reminding me that they exist. Their excellence speaks for itself, and I appreciate the credit they give me by not sending me things for my recycling bin.
I was deeply touched by this film and the brilliant work of Mike Chase... I cannot put into words the relief I feel that humans are putting research to such admirable outcomes. This is just awesome awesome awesome! Long live and roam without stress the beloved elephant of Africa. Love to all those involved. Kim
I am thrilled and amazed to know that people like Dr. Chase and Kelly Landen are out there in the world actually doing conservation. I am impressed with how they have put into practice what was once only a theory of how elephant conservation can be done. Their desire to find a way for humans and elephants to live without conflict is truly an act of responsible conservation.
I spent almost 7 wks. in august and sept. of 07 with Dr. Mike Cahse and Kelly Landon (EWB), on top of it being the trip of a lifetime it gave me the amazing experience of seeing first hand what incrediably difficult circumstances that they work in everyday,ie.(Africa) I don't know that are more than a hand full of organisations capable of accomplishing what EWB does day in and day out, with the dedication, expertise in one of the most important conservation areas in the world. As they continue to grow their ability to make more real contributions will also grow in scope and purpose. A organisation that deserve serious consideration for donations to help them accomplish their important and vital work.
Michael Chase is third generation Motswana and grew up in the villages listening to his father and grandfather talking to the people. He brings his unique listening skills to this very emotive issue of Elephant/Human conflict and uses his debating skills in discussing the daily problems encountered by villagers in the remote areas of Botswana in their own language. To be priviledged to see Michael at work one understands how passionate he is for Elephants and the ordinary farmer battling to grow his crops. He is looking for a solution.
Elephants Without Borders is an amazing organization doing groundbreaking research on the range and movements of elephants in northern Botswana. Dr. Chase's research is developing important data that should help shape Botswana's policies to protect its large elephant population and guide decisions about reopening natural corridors into neighboring range states to relieve population pressure. EWB also has an innovative project to train local farmers to deter elephants from raiding their crops.
Elephants Without Borders is an amazing organization with a small staff and incredible dedication. Dr. Chase and Kelly were our hosts and drove us around to gather video footage of elephants and their project. They were extremely kind and accommodating using their vehicles and a boat to get a variety of shots. It was evident their hearts and minds are dedicated to the project and it was encouraging to hear and see results coming out of their efforts. I was impressed to hear Dr. Chase communicating his message in multiple languages to the locals as well as tourists. Being born and raised in Botswana, it was obvious he got more respect from the locals than an outsider would. His level of understanding and appreciation for the African elephants we came across gave me great hope for the future of the species. Dr. Chase and Kelly each bring unique skills to the table and great strength to Elephants Without Borders.
Dr. Mike Chase is a fascinating scientist working tirelessly in behalf of African elephants. He is smart and hard working (and easy on the eyes!), and having grown up in Botswana, he is an ideal person for this vital multi-national project. Meanwhile, Kelly provides extraordinary photographs from the field, she is an excellent writer sharing their experiences in blogs, etc. and even finds time to rescue baby birds! Together, Mike and Kelly are a terrific team and deserve our support, financial and otherwise.
I met Dr. Chase and Kelly from Elephants Without Borders last May, during their time in San Diego, CA in conjunction with the San Diego Zoo's Project Elephant Footprint which sllows donors to support Dr. Chase's work in Botswana tracking elephants and finding solutions to the problems posed by so many elephants too close to human activities. They are extremely dedicated people working very hard and I love reading their blogs and Twitter updates on their fieldwork - wish I could visit them in Botswana someday.
I have had the honor and privilege to visit Dr. Michael Chase and Kelly Landen for a week in Botswana. We spent a few days and nights in the field tracking elephants and a couple more days in and around the town of Kasane, Botswana. While tracking in the field I saw first hand that the dedication of EWB goes beyond work; for them it is a way of life. The same goes for when they are working in villages and towns. The interest and dedication that the EWB team has in educating people who live in and around elephant habitat is amazing. With the goal being to help prevent Human Elephant Conflict; with that goes the fostering of an understanding and appreciation of the elephant across many different countries. I went to Botswana to learn more about Elephants Without Borders and left with the desire to do everything I can to help them make a difference in the world. If you are looking to make the most of anything you can offer, know that by supporting EWB you will make a difference!