Mike Chase on Botswana’s biggest elephant dilemma

Mike Chase with Kelly Landen co directors of Elephants Without Borders PIC. THALEFANG CHARLES
Mike Chase with Kelly Landen co directors of Elephants Without Borders PIC. THALEFANG CHARLES

No man alive has amassed more in depth knowledge of African elephants than Mike Chase, the founder of Elephants Without Borders. Staff Writer THALEFANG CHARLES sat with him on the banks of Chobe River in Kasane recently as he shared some revelations from his recent project called the Great Elephant Census

Travelling on a Safari vehicle from Chobe Game Lodge to the Kasane Airport, a wide-ranging conversation with Map Ives, the National Rhino Coordinator, touches on elephants and quickly moves on to Mike Chase. Ives says: “Mike has amassed a lot of information and knowledge and I think sometimes it weighs down on him. You can tell from his eyes.”

We concurred on this after sitting in an hour-long exclusive interview with Chase, noting his occasional quiet, distant stares in mid-sentence as if he wanted to choose the right information from his bank of knowledge from ground-breaking research on elephants and zebras in Africa.

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