WHY DO WE NEED ACCURATE DATA ON WILD ELEPHANTS?
ELEPHANT POPULATION NUMBERS:
We need to know how many elephants inhabit a certain area, so we can plan, manage and improve the habitat. The area has to be able to feed
all elephants and there has to be room for an increase in the elephant population. Failure to do so will result in intrusions into farmland by elephants
looking for food. If elephant numbers exceed food capacity we need to find ways to mitigate the problem; Habitat increase, habitat improvement,
relocation, building migration corridors to other suitable habitat and birth control are some of the options to be considered.
HUMAN ELEPHANT CONFLICT (HEC):
We need data of elephants involved in HEC; how many elephants are involved, are the numbers increasing, where do they come from
are important questions. Overpopulation, loss of habitat and degradation of habitat are likely causes. If data is available proper measures
can be planned and put in place to mitigate and reduce human elephant conflict.
Human elephant conflict always leads to human and elephant casualties!
SAVING COST FOR OTHER CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES:
Today data is collected manually; this is time consuming and very expensive. Counts like the Elephant Census in Africa cost millions!
Having a collaborative data base with ongoing real time updates and an automated identification would save these expenses. This money
could then be spent on protection and conservation activities.
JUMBO ELEPHANT PHOTO ID AND ONLINE DATA BASE:
By using jumbo id to automate identification of individual elephants from pictures and
upload the information to our central data base we will have accurate data available to
anybody involved in elephant conservation!
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