Elephant Matters

Month: March 2017

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


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.
Can Humans And Elephants Live Together

Can Humans & Elephants Live Together?

MEP Board Member Beatrice Karanja wanted to share an impactful article she recently read from The Guardian entitled Can Elephants and Humans Live Together by Tarsh Thekaekara. The article captions the conflict situation perfectly; “Berserk beasts, trashed crops, vengeful villagers: tales of ‘conflict’ come thick and fast as humans and elephants are forced into closer contact. But does it have to be war? Across Asia and Africa, there are hints of how we might live in peace.” A vet sh… Continue reading.