Two jum­bos fit­ted with GPS col­lars in Am­boseli Park

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries -

Two ele­phants in the Am­boseli ecosys­tem have been fit­ted with track­ing col­lars to mon­i­tor their move­ments and fight poach­ing.

The col­lars trans­mit a satel­lite and ra­dio sig­nal us­ing Global Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem tech­nol­ogy to map their mi­gra­tory routes and iden­tify how ex­ten­sively they travel in search of water and veg­e­ta­tion.

Ap­ply­ing new tech­nolo­gies gives wildlife man­agers an edge over poach­ers and hu­man-ele­phant con­flict, which is in­creas­ingly crit­i­cal to the con­ser­va­tion of ele­phant in the Am­boseli ecosys­tem.

In­ter­na­tional Fund for An­i­mal Wel­fare chief ex­ec­u­tive Azze­dine Downes said ele­phants need space and re­sources to be free, vi­able and to ful­fil the role they play in the en­vi­ron­ment. “The in­for­ma­tion we gather will give us an ele­phant’s eye view of op­ti­mum life­style,” he said.

The tech­nol­ogy will also im­prove ele­phant law en­force­ment, through im­mo­bil­ity alerts and geo-fenc­ing.

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