Conservation efforts

 

Immunocontraception: Fertility control for African elephants through GnRH vaccination


Partner:

Prof. Henk Bertschinger (University of Pretoria)
Prof. G.van der Horst (University of the Western Cape, South Africa)
African Elephant Research Unit (AERU)
Knysna Elephant Park, South Africa


Location:

South Africa


Aims:

Overpopulation of African elephants in the enclosed South African national parks as well as the countless private reserves is a hot topic since many years. To avoid culling of surplus animals, population control can be achieved by contraception. Effective, save, cheap and easy to apply methods without long- term or side effects are highly warranted. The GnRH vaccine is a repeated injection which reduces gonadotrophin activity. We test the application of this vaccine in South Africa to stop uncontrolled reproduction and to protect habitats from overpopulation.


Funding:

International Elephant Foundation; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


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