African Elephants, the world’s largest mammal, are under threat in across Africa – from poachers and loss of habitat.
To protect elephants is important to monitor their numbers and movements. This is challenging due to the scale of terrain the move over – and methods vary from the high tech (GPS and ariel photography) to low tech (measuring the amount of dung). However, this data is not enough to monitor the wide range of herds across continent.
For this reason, satellite imagery is now being considered with convolutional neural network being used to auto detect elephants from satellite imagery – which will then enable tracking, which will then drive their protection.