Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists are tracking Asian elephants in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady region using GPS collars. Though they set out to understand how elephants use the land, their research has also revealed a troubling rise in poaching. Unlike African elephants, Asian elephants are poached for their skin and eat — making males, females and calves equal targets. Conservation efforts in Myanmar are shifting to stop this urgent threat.
Humans and elephants are increasingly living in the same places, but science can help prevent conflict between them. Watch part two of our new series—Field in Focus.
Tracking Elephants
Asian Elephant