Elephant Matters

Month: March 2017

MEP Ranger Using STE

Domain Awareness System (DAS)

Mara Elephant Project faces many challenges, one of which is relying on data from multiple sources to identify potential poaching threats that can be incomplete. This data is used to inform our rangers of poaching activity in protected areas so having accurate data is crucial to our success. The Domain Awareness System (DAS) created by Vulcan Technology integrates data from all technology used in a protected area, providing a single operational picture and alerting managers when critical thr… Continue reading.
elephant on trail camera

The Trial and Truth of Trail Cameras

Many elephant conservation organizations, like World Wildlife Fund, are starting to deploy trail cameras as an interesting new data-gathering tool. WWF develops a new technology to stop poachers in their tracks Above Photo: Mike Feldman, electronic security technician for Unilux installing solar panels for FLIR camera system in a National Park in central Kenya. Late in 2016, Mara Elephant Project also installed three trail cameras at strategic river crossings. The trail cameras are used to … Continue reading.
Satao II

IN THE NEWS: Satao II

During a routine aerial monitoring of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya, Tsavo Trust discovered the body of a roughly 50-year-old male elephant they referred to as Satao II. He was one of the last remaining “big tusker” elephants, known for their tusks that reach the ground, in the park. The cause of death was likely poisoned arrows from poachers looking to make a large sum of money on his 112 and 111 pound tusks. Luckily, the response was rapid enough that the poachers were unable to… Continue reading.