About our Research

The African Elephant Research Unit (AERU) was established in October 2009 – primarily to address the lack of research available on captive African elephants in SA.


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Sponsor an Elephant

As a non-profit organisation, AERU’s main source of income is from volunteers. We welcome donations and the support of sponsors.

What is AERU?

AERU is a registered non-profit trust (# IT854/2013; PBO #9300 44259) that conducts research on captive elephants within and beyond the borders of South Africa.