GPS tracking collars for Thai elephants to track their activities

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Thai wildlife authorities have successfully tracked and tagged a third of the wild elephant at Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary in the northeastern province of Loei (near the Laos border) by attaching a GPS collar which will follow the elephant’s activities after many have left their normal pastures for food.

GPS collars are being attached to 5 elephants and 3 have already been fitted, according to the director of the Wildlife Conservation Learning Centre, Department of National Parks, Wildlife Conservation and Conservation. flora, Supagit Vinitpornsawan.

Each GPS collar weighs approximately 10 kilograms or less than 0.2% of an elephant’s body weight. He agreed that some elephants might get “annoyed” once the collars are attached and will try to pull them off, but eventually adapt and won’t even notice the GPS collars.

Elephants that leave their natural environment to hunt for food are more likely to damage the crops of villagers near wildlife sanctuaries or national parks.

“This will lead to conflicts between villagers and wild animals.”

The aim is to tag 67 elephants, but since 2018 only 11 elephants were fitted with a GPS tracker.

THE SOURCE: Thai PBS World | DNP News

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