How technology is helping save African elephants

Stefanie Botelho's picture
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The viral spread of smartphones has jumped a species. African elephants are now also benefiting, thanks to new software algorithms developed by researchers and conservationists.

A study published recently in the journal Ecological Applications by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Colorado State University, U.S. and Save the Elephants, Kenya reports on the use of advanced technology to help monitor and protect African elephants.

The sophisticated tracking system built by the study’s lead author – Jake Wall – collects, analyzes and reports on the movements and activities of nearly 100 African elephants in real-time in an effort to both understand the ecology of movement and also to protect these threatened animals.

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