FORT COLLINS - The viral spread of smartphones has jumped a species. African elephants are now also benefitting, 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.
“GPS, GSM and satellite phone technologies are rapidly becoming the pen and paper of animal field biologists,” says Jake Wall. “The GPS trail of an animal, combined with data from satellite imagery and other remote sensors, can give us a detailed picture of where the animal is, what it is doing and what it might be experiencing.”...