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Technologically Savvy Giants

In Animal News, Just for Fun on October 14, 2008 at 6:46 pm

They may be able to crush your cell phone in a single footstep, but elephants are now text messaging in Kenya. In an effort to make peace between local farmers and elephants without anyone getting hurt, a new system has been tested on Kimani, an African elephant living in the Ol Pejeta conservancy. A SIM card was placed into a collar, which was then fixed onto Kimani. Any time he stepped too close to the border between the conservancy and surrounding farms, a text message was sent to the ranger on duty who would drive his vehicle to Kimani’s location and frighten him back to the inner conservancy. Kimani, through this process, has significantly cut down on the number of times he wanders off toward the farms. This process is expensive with the amount of equipment and workers needed to follow through, but the locals don’t have to worry about Kimani (and hopefully his buddies, soon) destroying up to six months of family income at a time. —Jill Brodsky

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