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date: 12 May 2021

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This chapter explores the use of isotope analysis to bridge the knowledge gap between contemporary wildlife conservation management and the ecology of the African elephant in its historic landscape. Case studies from eastern and southern Africa focus on isotope analysis as it has been used to understand diet, movement, and environmental conditions of elephant populations over longer time scales than is possible with observational studies. These case studies provide support for the applied use of historical ecological data to make a substantial impact on the modern conservation of the elephant in its landscape. Although this chapter is specific to African elephants, it is possible to apply the methodology and approach to other species and in different landscapes across the world.

Keywords: African elephant, stable isotope analysis, wildlife conservation, palaeoecology, historical ecology

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