Elephants in the Maasai Mara are being collared in a new effort to track their movements and reduce poaching.
WWF Kenya and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), who are conducting the exercise, said it would improve understanding of wildlife movements to inform research. The data collected shall be used to inform decision-making processes for wildlife conservation both on the ground but also at regional and national levels. “To mitigate the conflict, detailed real-time data on elephant movement is vital, but without collaring of these species and other wildlife species such data is seldom available,” said Robert Ndetei, WWF Kenya species manager. Tracking the movements of wildlife through the use of GPS collaring and VHF transmitters is a well-tested tool for conservationists in order to manage wildlife populations, reduce poaching and in turn put in place effective land management policies that support both wildlife and people and help to avoid the man-elephant conflict.