An Elephant Conservation Initiative
Elephants die in India due to train collisions, threatening their survival
No mitigation solution has yet been shown to be effective
The Indian population of elephants is rapidly depleting due to fatal encounters with trains, trucks and human activities
Railway lines and other linear infrastructure projects run through the forests for thousands of kms affecting wildlife corridors
Animals cross the tracks to reach nearby water bodies, or in search of food, and end up getting trapped
Elephants produce social calls that can be detected by acoustic sensors at ranges of kilometers
EWF believe we have found a way to put a stop to these unnecessary elephant deaths.
Elephants produce social calls that can be detected by acoustic sensors up to several kilometers away. Our project aims to install a network of acoustic sensor nodes along India’s railways. Train drivers will be alerted, in real time, to the presence of elephants and can then slow down, or stop, to allow the elephants to pass. Good for the elephants of course, but also good for the railways; a ten minute delay rather than a derailment and hours of costly hold ups.