STE and Google Earth

STE and Google Earth

STE and Google Earth For a long time, conservation and technology evolved independently. Today, conservation has inextricable links with information technology, and innovative solutions to conservation problems now abound. STE’s ground-breaking collaboration with...
The Desert Elephants of Mali

The Desert Elephants of Mali

The Desert Elephants of Mali Satellite tracking of elephants living near Timbuktu has revealed the secret of their survival in the savage conditions of Mali’s desert. Through the tracking data from collared elephants, STE have found that the elephants of Africa’s...
Orphans of Samburu

Orphans of Samburu

Orphans of Samburu The surge in poaching over the last several years and the drought of 2009 have left many elephant orphans and disrupted families in Samburu. Some orphans choose to remain with what is left of their disrupted groups, others leave their natal group to...
Tracking – Real Time Monitoring

Tracking – Real Time Monitoring

Tracking – Real Time Monitoring STE uses GPS-tracking equipment to understand elephant lives, decisions and needs. STE founder Iain Douglas-Hamilton was the first to track elephants using radio collars and STE remains at the forefront of tracking technology. The...
Surveys

Surveys

Surveys Counts are crucial to establish elephant population trends in any region. Alongside generating data on poaching intensity through carcass data, they give an overall picture of what is happening to the population over time. Elephants are surprisingly difficult...
Elephant Communication

Elephant Communication

Elephant Communication: The Power of Rumbles Over millions of years of evolution, African savannah elephants have developed complex communication capabilities, producing vocalizations with low fundamental frequencies that can travel over long distances. Recent studies...
Elephant Accelerometers

Elephant Accelerometers

Elephant Accelerometers The smartphone revolution is bringing benefits for elephants. The proliferation of small, economical sensors for use in cellphones has allowed us to start using these sensitive devices to better understand – and protect – elephants....
Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants

Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants

Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) The most reliable continental measure of poaching pressure is the Monitoring of Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) programme, established by the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)....
Long Term Monitoring

Long Term Monitoring

Long Term Monitoring Over the last 15 years, the Samburu elephant population has become one of the best studied in the world. The 1000 or so elephants that use the reserves are recognized individually by the shape of their ears and tusks. Births, deaths and...
Elephant Movements

Elephant Movements

Elephant Movements Having studied elephants within Samburu and further up North near the Kenya Ethiopia border, David says “given the distances we had to travel to move from one population to the next, we never dreamed the two groups of families had ever interacted....
Counting Elephants

Counting Elephants

Counting Elephants The knowledge of declines and surges in population help conservationists and managers plan to avoid conflict, or put measures in place when the elephants are on the brink. Accurate application of tried and tested methodology has held Iain...
Reducing Conflict

Reducing Conflict

Reducing Conflict Elephants are herbivores and hence have no reason to attack man unless it’s in self-defence. However, as both families and bull elephants migrate through the landscape looking for food and water they will take advantage of any juicy crops they come...
Samburu Elephant Project

Samburu Elephant Project

Samburu Elephant Project The Samburu Elephant Project is the longest running study of its kind in the region. Combining individual recognition of elephants with real time monitoring of collared elephants, along with an on-going body count within the Monitoring the...