WCS has fitted six elephants with GPS/satellite collars in Nigeria’s Yankari Game Reserve. The collars are providing real-time tracking of elephant herds, allowing ranger teams to shadow the elephants at all times and alert the reserve manager whenever elephants are in danger or stray outside of the reserve.
Yankari Game Reserve in Bauchi State contains Nigeria’s largest elephant population, currently estimated at around 100. Since 2014 Yankari has been co-managed through a partnership agreement between WCS and Bauchi State Government, with funding support from Bauchi State, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Elephant Crisis Fund and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Thanks to focused law enforcement efforts and community engagement programs, no elephants have been documented killed in Yankari since 2015, bringing previously high poaching levels down to a very low level over the past four years, with zero poaching incidences detected.
Video: Nachamada Geoffrey/WCS
For more information, go to the WCS Newsroom: https://newsroom.wcs.org/News-Releases/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/13133/Six-Elephants-Fitted-with-GPSSatellite-Collars-in-AugustSeptember-to-Further-Reinforce-Ongoing-Protection-Efforts-in-Yankari-Game-Reserve.aspx