The collars that could help save elephants
Posted on 04 April 2018
In Tanzania, the country’s largest ever elephant collaring exercise has begun. Over the next year in Tanzania, the government, with our support, aims to collar around 60 elephants to protect its dwindling population.
In Tanzania, the country’s largest ever elephant collaring exercise has begun.
Over the next year, the Tanzanian government, with our support, aims to collar around 60 elephants to protect its dwindling population.
Using satellite collars, ranger and park officials will monitor wildlife movements and provide enhanced security - a proven effective measure to protect threatened species.
The data collected by the collars will help teams predict where the elephants and their herds are moving to anticipate the dangers they may face.
The data will help the rangers to anticipate when elephants are at risk of encountering poachers and alert them when herds are heading toward human settlements: reducing the risk of human-elephant conflict.
In the past 40 years, rampant poaching of elephants for ivory has seen the population in Selous decimated by almost 90%.
Elephant numbers in the park have dropped dramatically from 110,000 to around 15,200.
Enhancing rangers’ ability to guard the remaining ones from poaching is essential to rebuilding the population.
A recently collared elephant feels its GPS collar for the first time having been revived. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.