Current Status, Habitat Association and Feeding Habitof African Elephant (Loxodonta Africana)in Babile Elephant Sanctuary, Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


Ethiopia is one of the Sub-Saharan African countrieswhere elephants are indigenous. Conservation of African elephant (Loxodonta africana) in Ethiopia was closely related to the conservation of biodiversity and also to the sustainable development of the country in its ecotourism. The major objective of this research was to assessthe currentpopulationstatus, habitat association and feeding habit of African elephant in Babile Elephant Sanctuary(BES). This research was conducted from October 2018 to June 2019. To conduct this research; both primary and secondary data (direct field observation, questionnaire survey and group discussion) were collected.This research undertakingfaces certain limitations such as unwillingness of some experts to provide secondary data andtime constraints.Finally thisresearch reviewed that currently the anthropogenic activities highly affects the population status, habitat association and feeding habit of elephants in BES.As a result, this research recommend that there should be needed a nationwide public awareness campaign about the need of wildlife conservation.



Anthropogenic, Conservation, Elephants, Feeding Habit, Habitat Association, Population Status, Sustainable, Wildlife