African elephant Current Affairs, GK & News

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 be categorised under ‘endangered’ and ‘critically endangered’ respectively by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on March 25 this year.

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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African Elephant Crisis

The African elephant population in Central African countries like Cameroon has fallen by more than 30% in the last 7 years. African Elephant The African elephant is a genus- consisting of 2 species: the African forest elephant and the African bush elephant. They are listed as vulnerable species by IUCN. African elephant species are found ..

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