Could satellites save elephants from extinction?

Elephants photographed from space by Maxar Technologies
(Image credit: Maxar Technologies)

With African elephants at risk of extinction, conservationists are often looking for new ways to track them in nature – and the latest method is totally out of this world. A clever algorithm combined with a space satellite is being used to capture images of elephants to help aide conservation efforts. 

Elephants are being photographed by an Earth-observation satellite that's orbiting above the planets surface. This method is being described as a breakthrough, as it allows scientists to survey an area of up to 5,000 square kilometers of elephant habitat on a single cloud-free day.  

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Usman Dawood

Usman is a commercial and architectural photographer based in West Yorkshire, who has been working professionally for over seven years. He has also spent over four years as a writer for the biggest photography sites in the world, including Staff Writer for Digital Camera World, senior staff writer for FStoppers, and tech writer for Petapixel. 

With a particular interest in technology developments, high-resolution imaging and the high-end cameras, Usman has been on the cutting edge of camera news as well as writing features about medium format systems and global shutters, and has reviewed some of the latest Leica cameras as well as a tripod that’s even taller than Andre the Giant!