October 23, 2012
How SMS saves humans from elephants in the tea meadows of Valparai
Every day, around 3 pm, Ganesh Raghunathan sends out at least 800 SMS alerts to people living close to the elephant corridors in Valparai in Coimbatore district about the movements of the pachyderms. Times of India reports.
The text messages in English and Tamil have the mobile numbers of people to contact in an emergency. The Red Light Flashing System installed in 24 areas in the Valparai region is also alerting people.
A couple of early warning systems, installed over a year ago, to minimise the man-animal conflict in Valparai region have found positive response from the local people, according to M Ananda Kumar, wildlife scientist at the Nature Conservation Foundation in Valparai, which introduced the warning systems with the help of the UK-based Elephant Family and some private companies in this plantation town two years ago. "Two days ago, a pregnant woman called me on sighting a herd of elephants before her hut. We asked her not to make noise. We gave her some tips over phone, and it worked out. The herd soon moved from the spot. This shows how people respond to the Elephant Information Network developed by us," said Kumar.
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