Implementing a Crowd-sourced Elephant Monitoring and Early Warning, India

Human-elephant conflict is an everyday occurrence in parts of India often resulting in human fatalities and retaliatory killings of elephants. If Asian elephants are to survive we need to foster tolerance and coexistence in the communities who share space with the species. An early warning system based on community reporting of elephant presence is being disseminated to a wider audience in the Gudalur Forest Division. This system also identifies individual elephants, monitors their movements over time, and notes their “personalities” with the hope that people will relate to the species as individuals and become invested in their protection.

IEF #1028

Project Years: 2017 – 2018

Project Partners:
The Shola Trust Nature Conservation Foundation