GPS and cell phones monitor African elephants in real time

A UBC PhD student in UBC’s Dept. of Geography has built a sophisticated tracking system that collects, analyzes and reports on the activities of nearly 100 African elephants in an effort to protect these threatened animals and understand their movement patterns.The tracking system allows real-time visualization of animal movements on Google Earth, providing near instantaneous observation of an animal’s GPS location. Data are recorded by an animal’s tracking collar and transmitted via satellite or a local cell phone network to reveal movement patterns while high-resolution satellite imagery offers insight into their behaviour.

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