Along with monthly body weight and endocrinological data on stress and reproductive function, we collect longitudinal data on infection intensities with various gastrointestinal and blood parasites. The timber elephant population represents a great opportunity for such research because of: (i) large existing demographic dataset (ii) faecal/ blood/condition data collection with an almost 100% monthly capture rate; (iii) veterinary expertise from the government-employed elephant vets confirming the presence of diverse parasite fauna; (iv) ongoing regular anthelmintic treatment of the currently living 2700 timber elephants providing easy experimental opportunity.

Watch this space in the near future!