Monitoring Elephants Outside Protected Areas through a Crowd Sourced Approach, India
Human-Elephant Conflict is one of the biggest challenges for the long-term survival of the Asian Elephant. 80% of its range lies outside protected areas, and it shares this range with a very large number of people across Southeast Asia. In 2017, with IEF support, a Crowd-sourced Elephant Monitoring and Early Warning System was implemented. Local informants report elephant presence through a simple text message, and the information is automatically disseminated to a wider audience. These reports are also used to identify individual elephants, record their ‘personalities’ and monitor their movements over time. It is believed that people will have a higher level of tolerance for elephants and even provide them protection if they know them as individuals.