Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME) functions as a research project that thrives to develop and assess conservation biology for our native species.

The translocation of conflict elephants has been carried out by the Malaysian Wildlife Department (Perhilitan) for many decades now however questions still remain as to whether this translocation is a viable strategy for managing the problematic individuals. Our collaboration with Perhilitan in applying GPS collars on these elephants allows us to track and monitor their movements across Malaysia.

The domino effect of studying these gentle giants are endless as they can be classed as shapers of the ecosystem and through understanding them can we better our decision to halt their decline and ultimately, preserve their existence.

MEME is a 5-year research project that aims to:

  1. 1.assess the effectiveness of ongoing elephant conservation and management practices;

  2. 2.develop a long-term elephant conservation strategy based on the understanding of elephant behavior, ecology, and relationships with people; and

  3. 3.build capacity within government agencies responsible of elephant conservation and the local community of wildlife researchers in Peninsular Malaysia.

Please contact us for more information

We do take interns and volunteers. Our rule is that volunteers stay for a period of at least 3 weeks (less tends to be counterproductive, but this can be modified depending on the kind of activity involved) and is able to bring some additional skills to the team (can be general things such as editing videos, teaching English to the field team and more). As for internships, we do not have any specific programs running but we are open to suggestion depending on what and how you can contribute to the project.

The timing of participating will have to be discussed and volunteers/interns need to be flexible, because our field activities are very irregular.

If you are interested please provide your CV and explain your motivation for volunteering, previous similar experiences and roughly the time you are available to join. Please find contact below and do bear with us if we are slow in responding. We apologize in advance if there is any inconvenience caused.

Dr Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz

Email: ahimsa@camposarceiz.com; Ahimsa.Camposarceiz@nottingham.edu.my

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MEME.project

Tel: +6(03)-8924-8734 / 8000

Address: School of Geography, Faculty of Science

The University of Nottingham

Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia