Elephant populations in Africa have declined by 97% over the past 100 years. It’s a scary statistic that doesn’t reflect just one species World Wildlife Fund Living Planet report observed that humans have caused a 60% reduction in the total number of wildlife worldwide in just 50 years.
Finding the right gap for an article can often take time, especially when the topic of my content is a serious matter, but I really didn’t want to make it easier for anyone to figure these out. Such destructive statistics require undiluted attention.
It is natural to feel a sense of vanity with this information, powerless to help the ever-worsening situation that our existence affects. But not all human development is due to the planet’s valuable ecosystem – our technology is also used in the environmental field to preserve the number of animals and restore balance.
I was invited to talk to Dr. Michelle Henley, the founders, CEO, and lead researcher Elephants alive about how the nonprofit’s collaboration with Dell Technologies will help facilitate field research to save the African elephant.
The Elephants Alive charity has been in operation since 2003, then known as Save the Elephants, and states that its mission is to “ensure the survival of elephants and their habitats and to promote harmonious coexistence between elephants and humans.” Dr. Henley works, among other things, to identify elephants and their movements using advanced GPS and GMS technologies to understand their habitat.
Elephants are distinguished through ear shapes, each of which is as unique as a human fingerprint. Where a simple pencil and paper were once the main tool for recording these amazing animals, durable laptops and tablets can now be taken on the paths to take up to 800 high-quality photos a day while enduring harsh environments. This is clearly not a sleek, stylish Ultrabook job.
Classic car chase
First, standard technology is unlikely to even survive driving, let alone quitting work. “There’s a road along the tar, but other roads are often awful,” Dr. Henley said when asked about the team’s laptops on a daily basis, “especially after all the floods and rains, it’s very easy to even hit your head on the roof of a car when you go bumps.”
Dell Latitude Rugged Series fortunately more than up to date, but you probably won’t buy it as an everyday consumer. If most laptops and tablets have been thinner and lighter over the years to better fit a traditional office or home, Latitude durable the products are designed for a more extreme environment.
“Before, we never even thought about taking any with the help of a laptop, we only shorten the service life immediately. You can take your computer to the field and sit there for several hours waiting for the elephant to come out of the bush, if you have just come from a sighting where you have taken more than 250 pictures of five elephants elsewhere you can now sort them while you wait “.
And when elephants live work to identify and collar these marvelous creatures, their love for them is clear – despite the obvious dangers of protecting the world’s largest terrestrial animal.
He spoke tenderly of the person called Classic, big male with ‘classically symmetrical teeth’, explaining “Because you find the same elephant over time, they get used to you and get used to their different personalities. When Classic comes in black (or seasonal / routine, as we know it), his personality changes to focus on fighting and mating. love chasing all the vehicles around us when that happens. “
Hardy technology for hard work
If you’re at work that needs a laptop hard enough to survive chasing an angry bull elephant, Dell has literally checked this box. These sustainable products have a place a little closer to home, of course, and are widely used on construction sites and in military campaigns, but their successful use in conservation measures shows that technological progress is helping the ecosystem.
In fact, the technology developed by Dell’s Latitude Rugged series has applications in a wide variety of unexpected environments. I asked Doug Woolley, CEO of Dell Technologies South Africa, an industry that relies on the narrow features these products offer.
He explained, “Mining, medicine and pharmacy use Rugged, and one reason is that they can wear gloves and still use the laptop completely. In a pharmaceutical situation where you have to have a very closed and clean environment, it makes a lot of sense, especially right now in a pandemic. during. “
The extensive list of features that make this product range so versatile probably takes up half the article, but they require high praise – with hot-swappable batteries, a near-indestructible platform, and the ability to withstand strong changes in temperatures and rains, Dell has designed the Rugged series to withstand almost all extreme tasks. you force it to last.
Enough so that when I joked about driving the tank over it, Doug actually replied that it wasn’t that far from the actual tests Dell was doing. “We were on a Dell world tour a few years ago and they drove a NYC police car to four of them, one under each bike, and left it parked for the entire conference week. They opened on the last day. And they all started without any problems.”
These are, after all, called military-level devices, so testing their hardness includes all the land buried, showered, and even comically thrown through the South African Springbox, as you can see from the ad below.
Step in the right direction regardless of size.
I’m not pretending to be an expert on animal protection or environmental impact, but eco-anxiety has bothered me for as long as I can remember, and I hope a large section of society also feels better about this overwhelming weight and motivation. Several generations have listened to inspiring characters such as David Attenborough, Jane Goodall and Wangari Maathai, with the same sense of futility as situations get worse every year.
Nonetheless, it is important to constantly focus on these conservation efforts and how people at the helm have benefited from modern advances, optimizing their efforts through technology. At Elephants Alive, there are many ways to help or donate money that is used to keep these amazing animals.
Elephants Alive works closely with the Elephants and Bees project use African bees as a preventive method to protect Marula trees by keeping elephant populations away from biodiversity protected areas. Donations to non-profit Elephants Alive projects are used not only to purchase beehives but also to support other projects documented on the charity website.
In addition to financial aid (which is not possible for everyone), Dr. Henley mentioned “it would be great if people could give us an encouraging word! It’s often a pretty lonely place to be in the nature conservation world, as so few people are conscientious about what’s happening on the planet.”
He added at the end of our discussion that it has never been more important to be aware of the environment and to enjoy sharing such a diverse world. “Remember the elephants! We would like to help increase the enthusiasm for the protection of elephants, because they have recently been classified by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) as” vulnerable “endangered, and for good reason.”
His words reflect the call from conservationists around the world for urgent action to protect ecosystems worldwide, which is the responsibility of governments and large companies. Assistance to companies like Dell Technologies can do more work to provide risky species and biomasses for combat.