In Ruaha National Park, 30 Elephants are now equipped with GPS and radio devices.
Sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility, this technology will help both researchers and rangers. Carried out by the World Elephant Centre, the program will help to better understand the movements of the animals and also give a better estimation of the total population in the greater Ruaha region. National Park staff will be able to better plan and time routes to protect the thick-skinned giants from poachers.
This is a very necessary development, according to the Telegraph, Tanzania has lost two-thirds of its elephant population in just four years, with the rise of an international poaching crime syndicate operating in the vast area of Ruaha Park / Selous Game Reserve.
In the northern circuit however, the efforts from the Tanzanian Government, TANAPA and other organizations are working. For example, the elephant population in the famous Serengeti National Park increased from 3,068 to 6,087 animals according to an aerial census study done by the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute.