The Future of Saving Our Disappearing Species

In a world where over two billion of us have access to the internet, it seems incomprehensible that conservationist have not used GIS and other technologies to enhance scientific work. Save The Elephants is one of the first organisations to work with Google Earth to monitor elephant movements.

Source - National Geographic. Photographer - Danielle Mussman

Source – National Geographic. Photographer – Danielle Mussman

Since 1995 Save the Elephants has been a leader in developing systems to monitor and interpret elephant movements. The technology is constantly being updated, so today bulky radio-tracking collars are being replaced by GPS collars that transmit data to secure servers.

This technology has opened up a world of possibilities where areas can be plotted and better protected or cordoned off. The organisation can work with communities to help assess potential elephant conflict. One of the most important applications for this technology is that it enables researches to identify poaching hotspots and thus prevent needless deaths by increasing protection. This technology has further enabled scientists to find out about the elephant in more depth. It has been believed that elephants do not scale high elevation areas but after monitoring the elephants it was found they regularly crossed into high areas. From all this data STE have been able to create a highway underpass and a corridor to allow for safe movements when the elephants are migration.

Now the solutions are not potential, they are certain. A future is being secured.

 

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