Due to human presence and actions, elephants only use 17% of their potential habitat in Africa. This is the main finding of a study based on twenty years of data and co-authored by Jelle Ferwerda, research coordinator at ITC.
Elephants have been struggling. Due to poaching and disruption of their habitat, elephant population in Africa has plummeted in the last hundred years. To protect them, we need to know where and how many there are – a tall order now made easier. In collaboration with the University of Oxford, ITC researcher Tiejun Wang has developed a method to detect and count elephants from space.
Thousands of elephants in Africa still get killed by poachers. ITC researcher Festus Ihwagi is actively fighting to make this stop and to protect these majestic creatures. His weapon of choice? Technology.
Between years 2010 and 2012 the number of illegally killed elephants massively increased. It is estimated that in those three short years, about 100.000 elephants were killed by poachers. Even though the situation has improved since then, elephant poaching still represents a serious problem in many African countries and ITC researcher, Festus Ihwagi, is doing his part to change that.