The sound of female elephants could drive away crop-raiding males
Research by Evan Bittner (pictured above) has shown recordings of the cries and trumpets of female elephants can be played through speakers to prevent crops from being raided by bull elephants.
Elephants often to raid crops for food as humans encroach on their habitats. But when a single elephant getting into a field can cost a farmer a year of income, some respond by calling in poachers or attacking the elephants, resulting in loss of elephant – and human – life.
Mr Bittner says this research could help keep elephants and farmers out of conflict. He completing his PhD at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and is the director of a non-profit called A Future with Elephants.