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About Mike Chase

Dr. Mike Chase, Ph.D., has been studying the ecology of elephants in Botswana for nearly 15 years and in 2007 read for a doctorate specifically in elephant ecology. Working with Paul Allen, he conceptualized the Great Elephant Census and is serving as the survey’s primary researcher. Much of his childhood was spent in the bush accompanying his father on safaris. Eager to conserve Africa’s wildlife and wild places, Dr. Chase embarked on an academic career in conservation ecology.

After earning a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Natal, he returned home to Botswana, where he spent eight years with Conservation International working to conserve the Okavango Delta and its rich wildlife. In 2001, his passion for elephants led him to start an ambitious study on their ecology and movements. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in natural resources and wildlife conservation. During his studies, he founded Elephants Without Borders.

Dr. Chase is continually searching for novel and creative ideas for progressive research, which will impact conservation in a timely and meaningful way. He has provided new data on the status of elephants and other wildlife, identified cross-border corridors and discovered new migration routes. His work has been published in scientific journals, magazines and news articles.


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