Mar 29

How Text Messaging is Saving Elephants

by Staff

Text messaging is a popular way to communicate and stay connected on topics ranging from gossip to garage sales, but who knew this ubiquitous behavior could also protect at-risk animals?

African Elephant

With support from the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, an innovative project in Kenya is using text messaging and GPS technology to alert local farmers of crop-raiding elephants nearby. When elephants near a virtual fence line, alarm signals are sent to mobile phones, alerting residents and authorities to take preventative action. This creative, problem-solving use of technology is helping protect elephants, people and valuable crops.

Discover more about this project and others supported by the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund at swbg-conservationfund.org.