Elephant Human Relation Aid (EHRA) is an organization on the front line of conservation work protecting desert elephant herds in Namibia. They achieve their goals through construction of rock walls protecting farm and village water sources. In the arid climate water often becomes a source of conflict between elephants and humans.
Unfortunately when conflicts do arise, entire herds of elephants are usually taken out. EHRA is on the forefront of education incorporating traditional practices into construction and resource management to prevent future conflict.
The organization is also identifying elephants so that if conflicts do occur in the future, specific animals can be culled rather than eliminating entire herds. I spent two weeks traveling with the group photographing and cataloging elephants sleeping out in the Namibian desert.