Cr. photo Sophie Tremblay
“MEP’s EarthRanger by Vulcan Inc. integrates data-streams from a wide variety of sources like elephant collars, GPS trackers used by the rangers or the Spydertracker that tracks the helicopter. Then, data is stored and accessed securely in a cloud database. EarthRanger has a web-app to help us visualize the data feeds in real-time and also to collect new information about ‘events’ like illegal logging or arrests as they occur.” – MEP Director of Research & Conservation Dr. Jake Wall
Conservation Questionnaire for Conservationists:
“When humans and elephants meet there is a war on space and everyone is trying to use it” – Marc Goss, CEO, MEP.
From conflict to co-existence. What is the most cost-effective, humane, and lasting way to deal with human-elephant conflict, along with preventing poaching and continued destruction of forests in the Masaai Mara, Kenya, area?
Mara Elephant Project details the problems and solutions in this educational video about the impact they are having on neutralizing and mitigating all forms of conflict in the Masaai Mara from their usage of drones, chili fences, helicopters and high tech management tools, such as the EarthRanger.
A much watch for those of you who love elephants and want to support the people doing the hard work on the ground on a daily basis.
Elephant Treks: Samburu National Reserve, Kenya. The next best thing to being there!
Enter into a world of harmony amongst the gentle elephant giants of Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
Elephanatics’ Director of Communications, Christina Toms, and Chief Scientific Research Advisor, Dr. Jake Wall, have moved to Kenya temporarily.
Dr. Jake Wall was instrumental in building a GPS monitoring system with Google in order to track elephant movements. The GPS system monitors the movement and behaviour of an elephant which can determine whether it is sick or injured. He states in the article below – “We’re also very concerned with elephant poaching for ivory, so one of the algorithms I designed looks at whether an animal has stopped moving for a given period of time, which would signal that the animal has been killed.”
An elephant researcher, Dr. Jake Wall, mourns an elephant lost to poachers:
National Geographic’s, Explorers/Bio interviews Dr. Jake Wall, Elephant Researcher:
While Dr. Jake Wall is working in Samburu, he gets a visit to his vehicle by a known elephant, Yeager, who is in musth – beware! Have a watch:
Dr. Jake Wall, our Chief Scientific Research Advisor, recently collaborated with Google to create Google Street View. This technology allows internet users to take a virtual safari tour in Kenya’s Samburu National Park conservancy by mapping the area. The goal is to aid with the efforts to protect the elephant and to raise awareness about the struggle that remains from poachers. Use Street View here.
Dr. Jake Wall also worked to create Story Spheres, an interactive application, which tells stories about the elephants and people of Samburu through panoramic photographs. The Story Spheres here allow you to meet some of the elephants Dr. Wall knows so well and to help you understand the challenges of life as an orphaned elephant. He also teaches about Save The Elephants hi-tech tracking of elephants. View Story Spheres here for a pleasant journey to Samburu!
At the Canadian Association of Geologists 2015 annual meeting, Dr. Jake Wall was awarded Best Student Presentation. View it here.
Scientific Research is fundamental in understanding the needs of wildlife today. Below are some resources to get you started in learning more about the crisis and mitigation efforts to save the African wild elephant.
- A breakdown of elephant population since the 1500’s taken from the Great Elephant Census: http://www.greatelephantcensus.com/background-on-conservation/
- Read about the first-ever debate on the future of elephants in Kenya: “Things R Elephant” – National Geographic. Reference the Intermediate lesson Plan I, in the education section for ideas on teaching.
- Here is a comprehensive analysis done by Elephanatics outlining the debate on trophy hunting. (PDF file)
- Watch as a curious calf interacts with a Save The Elephants vehicle