"Dr. Mike Chase, Ph.D., has been studying the ecology of elephants in Botswana for nearly 15 years and in 2007 read for a doctorate specifically in elephant ecology. During his studies, he founded Elephants Without Borders. Working with Paul G. Allen, he conceptualized the Great Elephant Census and is serving as the survey’s primary researcher. " 
"Mike Chase has been studying the ecology of elephants in Botswana for nearly 15 years, and was the first Motswana to read for a doctorate specifically in elephant ecology. He is the founder and director of Elephants Without Borders. He has recently published the Great Elephant Census of which he was the principle researcher and author."
"Much of his childhood was spent in the bush accompanying his father on safaris. Eager to conserve Africa’s wildlife and wild places, Chase embarked on an academic career in conservation ecology.
"After earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Natal, he returned home to Botswana, where he spent eight years with a large NGO working to conserve the Okavango Delta and its rich wildlife. It was his passion for elephants, which ultimately led him to start an ambitious study on the ecology and movements of elephants. He received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts in natural resources and wildlife conservation. During his studies, he founded Elephants without Borders to continue his lifelong endeavour. In 2015 bestowed the “Presidential Order of Meritorious Service Award” by Botswana’s President, His Excellency S.K.I. Khama for exceptional service to the country and conservation efforts." 
- Director, Tlhokomela Trust