Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) have quickly become the preferred method for intervening in human-elephant conflict. They are easy to use for rangers and are capable of quickly moving large herds of elephants away from farms and communities with little distress to the animal.
“WHAT WE FIND IS THAT DRONES FOR MITIGATING HUMAN-ELEPHANT CONFLICT ARE VERY USEFUL. THEY ARE VERY EASY TO FLY SO RANGERS CAN FLY THEM. WHEN YOU’RE HERDING ELEPHANTS THAT’S PARAMOUNT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE IN CONTROL OF THE SITUATION.” Marc Goss, CEO, Mara Elephant Project
The sound of a flying UAV, similar to a swarm of bees, elicits an immediate response from groups of elephants. The UAV can then use the flying maneuvers to steer the family of elephants to safe land.