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1 Innovative technologies working to save elephants from poaching How are tusk causing the decline in elephant populations?

2 Current technology used to prevent poaching Anti-Poaching PatrolAerial SurveyGPS collars Formed from the local communities, these small groups of people perform daily on-ground surveys of an area to ensure a constant anti- poaching presence in the area. Using lightweight aircraft, pilots and conservationists are able to fly over elephant habitats to determine elephant populations and detect poaching activity. Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) technology attached to a collar around the elephant’s neck allows conservationists to track the elephant’s movement and detect any unusual behavior that might indicate poaching.

3 New technology saving elephants Motion-detector Accelerometers, change the position of your Smartphone screen from vertical to horizontal. Accelerometers are then attached to collars worn by elephants. Scientists are testing accelerometers, a new technology, to see if they might help save elephants. Accelerometers are motion detectors. You might have an accelerometer if you have a Smartphone or tablet.

4 Accelerometers tell us the position of the elephant Accelerometers tell us the position the elephant is in, just like on your Smartphone. Standing upLaying on its right sideLaying on its left side

5 Accelerometers tell us the elephant’s activity level and behavior The accelerometer sends this information to a computer that makes the graphs below. This shows the amount of movement for each behavior. Bathing Feeding Walking

6 Accelerometers tell us the elephant’s activity level When resting continues for longer than 2 hours, the elephant could be in distress. Elephants don’t lay down for more than two hours due to their great weight. Resting This reading tells us the elephant is not moving. The position tells us the elephant is laying down. When an elephant is not moving and laying down, they are resting.

7 Time Behavior GPS Location Information from the accelerometer Bathing Feeding Walking Resting

8 Be a wildlife detective! What is this elephant doing? GPS Location Behavior Time Bathing Feeding Walking Resting Potential elephant in distress!

9 How accelerometers can save elephants Behaviors to identify: Low activity levels Possible elephant in distress Immediate alert sent to: Conservation biologists Wildlife veterinarians Wildlife Service Anti-poaching units GPS Location Behavior Time This alarm system enables conservationists to be on the scene in minutes to aid the elephant and hopefully catch poachers.


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