Text Messaging Elephants


So what do you do when an elephant keeps destroying your crops at harvest?  You give him a SIM card, of course.  In Ol Pejeta, Kenya, two of the most destructive wild elephants were equipped with SIM cards.  Every time the elephants cross one of the town's virtual fences, the rangers are alerted via text message of the intrusion.  The early warning allows the ranger's to scare the elephants off before they reach the fields.  The tech savvy approach to wildlife regulation has greatly benefited the elephants and the community, reducing the destruction of both animals and crops.  The elephants whereabouts can also be tracked by conservationists and internet users via Google maps.