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Pygmy Elephants in Borneo

Another great collaboration that I'm lucky to be involved with is with Nurzhafarina Othman and Benoit Goosens at Cardiff University's Danau Girang research station in Borneo. Nurzhafarina has been working on her PhD for the last few years studying the movement behaviour and habitat use of Bornean pygmy elephants (Elephas maximus borneensis).

I've been part of a great team of people helping out with the analysis of complex movement data and remotely sensed habitat data to determine what areas are most important to the elephants. Nurzhafarina is particularly interested in how the elephants' habitat choices may change between wet and dry seasons, any bottlenecks for flow of movement through the landscape and (crucially for their survival) any interactions with human infrastructure, particularly the ubiquitous palm oil plantations. The team at Danau Girang do some really excellent work contributing to the conservation of many vulnerable species and you should definitely check them out.

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