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African Elephant

African elephants, the largest land animals on Earth, comprises of two species – Savanna elephants and forest elephants. While Savanna elephants are larger animals living in Sub-Saharan Africa, the forest elephants are comparatively smaller animals living in the Central and West African forests. Poaching and habitat loss led to Savanna elephants and forest elephants to ..

World Elephant Day 2021

World Elephant Day was observed on August 12, across the world. The day is observed with the objective of spreading awareness regarding the plight of elephants. It also seeks to recognize the importance of elephants in our ecosystem. Highlights Then Union Environment Minister of India Prakash Javadekar and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu in 2020 pledged ..

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New Assessment by IUCN on African elephants

The Red List by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently showed that, African elephants living in forests and savannas are increasingly threatened with extinction. Following which, conservationists have called for an urgent end to poaching. Highlights New assessments by IUCN underscore the persistent pressures that two species of elephants in Africa faces due ..

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Satellite images for Elephant Survey

Recently, the researchers from the University of Oxford Wildlife Conservation Research Unit and Machine Learning Research Group have detected the elephants in South Africa using the Artificial Intelligence from space. This survey is being claimed as more accurate as compared to the detection by Human. For the purpose of survey, researchers used the highest resolution ..

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AI based Survey of African Elephants

An International Team of researchers led by University of Oxford have developed a new approach to survey African Elephants using satellite images and Artificial Intelligence. What is the new approach? The method uses satellite orbiting in space that is capable of capturing more than five thousand square kilometres of images. The captured images is then ..

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Cyanobacteria: Cause of death in 330 Botswana Elephants

More than 330 elephants died in Botswana. The first mass death of these elephants were reported in May 2020 when a group of 169 elephants were found dead. Later in July 2020, another 281 were reported to have died mysteriously. The authorities have found that Cyanobacteria is the cause of death in these 330 elephants. ..

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