South Sudan uses GPS to protect endangered species

South Sudan uses GPS to protect endangered species

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South Sudan: The country”s Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism, working with the Wildlife Conservation Society, has placed GPS collars on a number of elephants in late May and early June to track and monitor the majority of South Sudan”s remaining population which seemed to have decreased. It was also an effort to protect its remaining elephants from ivory poachers. The GPS/satellite tracking effort is part of an elephant monitoring and protection programme initiated in 2009 that includes aerial surveillance, land-based anti-poaching patrols and intelligence-led enforcement.

“The elephant collaring is critical to improving our understanding of the location and movements of South Sudan”s elephants and providing effective protection,” said Paul Elkan, South Sudan Country Director, Wildlife Conservation Society.

Source: UPI