Tackling wildlife poaching in South Africa

Elephant walking behind dried three branchA team of scholars from ASU traveled to South Africa to establish a joint project with the University of Johannesburg. Dr. Leah Gerber, Founding Director of ASU's Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, and Dr. Michael Schoon, CBO Faculty Affiliate and Assistant Professor of ASU School of Sustainability, spearheaded the project in collaboration with the ASU Decision Theater. In addition to visiting the University of Johannesburg, they traveled to Kruger National Park and adjacent private reserves. This is the beginning of a promising partnership that aims to address the increasing rhino poaching epidemic. The proposed project will develop management plans that draw from the knowledge of a broad array of stakeholders at the local, national, and international levels.