March 15, 2005
Texting to save Kenyan elephants
Scientists in Kenya are using text messages to keep tabs on elephants, reports the BBC,
"They're fitting the tuskers with special collars that text in their exact location every hour, enabling experts to discover where elephants roam, and use that information to protect them.
They hope the technology will also be able to warn farmers if elephants are about to trample their crops in future.
The scheme is possible because the Africa bush is now part of a growing mobile phone network, with loads of masts covering the countryside."
Other wildlife tracking by SMS:
-- SMS technology keeps wild wolf on the map - Norwegian researchers have used cellphone text messaging for the first time to track a young wolf that recently crossed the border from neighbouring Sweden.
-- Tracking Moose by SMS - Researchers from the University of Agricultural Sciences of Stockholm are tagging several dozen moose with special cell phones to track their eating habits and movements across the country.
-- Tracking Geese on a 3'000 km flight - UK's Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust tagged 20'000 geese and tracked them with satellite technology from the breeding grounds of Canada to Ireland, a 3'000 km flight.
-- Seals sent out SMS - From the Scottish waters, seals sent out SMS to scientists.
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