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 Google Earth is one such success story. Google has worked with STE for over a decade in order to create the ultimate tool to visualise elephant movements. More recently we have also begun working with the Vulcan Foundation to start unifying elephant movements with other data streams to aid conservation.
Through the custom add-ons to Google Earth that were developed for elephants, we are now able to view and display elephant movements to a wide array of audiences. This is important when speaking to local communities about the elephants in their region, when speaking to regional and national landscape planners about infrastructure developments and also for engaging the wider public – including China – on the wonder of elephant lives.
A short visualisation of STE’s tracking data for the elephants using the Ewaso Nyiro river in Samburu, northern Kenya, produced by Google Earth Outreach. The elephants can be seen gathering at the river during the heat of the day and dispersing to grazing areas on higher ground at night time.
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The fate of elephants is in the balance. The record price of ivory has attracted organised crime, rebel militias and even terrorist groups, fuelling a surge of poaching across the continent. Without the outstanding support and generosity of our donors, STE would not be able to continue securing a future for the elephants. We urgently need your support, while there is still time. You can be of vital assistance by donating to either our core funds or to any of our projects.
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Elephants are fast disappearing from the wild. Without urgent, international action they could be gone within a generation. The Elephant Crisis Fund provides rapid, catalytic support for the most effective projects designed to stop the killing, thwart traffickers and end the demand for ivory. 100% of all donations reach the field.
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