Teen Develops Gadget To Solve Human-Elephant Conflicts In Kenya
March. 06, 2020
Known as Animal Sandra (Anisan), the technology was invented at Kajire Girls in Voi, Taita Taveta County, in 2018 by four students as part of a competition.
Sandra Maryanne, Joyce Matoto, Nancy Wairimu and Macrina Antonia were motivated to come up with the idea because they had experienced human-wildlife conflict in their home area, which borders the Tsavo.
Learning was frequently interrupted and many were the day's students reported to school late and left early to avoid encountering elephants along the way.
Their parents grow crops on the fringes of the park, which attracted the animals.
In many instances, farmers have had to kill elephants to save their crops but, once in a while, a hapless villager falls victim to an attack.
Four students came up with innovation and named it “Ndovu Care Project”.
Their hope was that the innovation would help keep elephants away from crop fields and community areas and, in the end, provide a permanent solution to perennial conflict between man and beast.
The gadget can detect an elephant at a radius of 180 metres, after which it sends alerts to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) as well as villagers, preparing them to act before the animals start destroying crops or making their way to habited areas.
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