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Officials are using artificial intelligence and machine learning to stay one step ahead of poachers cheers and keep elephants from killing villagers. NPR's Dina Temple Ralston reports from allow as part of the NPR series. I'll be seeing you about the technologies that watch us. The best way to get close to. An elephant is to use an old-fashioned tracking method. We saw the fresh. Dung piles along the road and followed those found him in this clearing. It's an enormous elephant is money grass less than twenty feet in front of us. It's magical the one day. National Park is two hundred square miles of seems leans just like that and seeing them makes it hard to believe that just four years ago the park was on the verge of collapse so I always describe me Wendy as we founded as being in a state of terminal decline. That's park manager Craig Reid. He arrived here four years ago with a nonprofit organization called African parks and his job job was to bring Lewanda back from the brink so fictitiously what would have happened. Had we not intervened would be a title elimination of all laws laugh over the ten in year period following the things that go wrong in a failed park go wrong very fast in the Wendy's case it went beyond crumbling infrastructure or washed out roads poaching was endemic. An elephants were killing villagers outside the park various. Danni has a small house just outside the park's fence line. He's a retired retired schoolteacher. My heart disease fifty meters from the this fifty meters from the data's. Donny is a subsistence farmer and he and his family rely on the garden for food. He grows mangoes and corn and rice which happened to be three of an elephants favorite foods. Elephants have a sweet tooth so proximity limited food and opportunity. That's all you need to spark a human elephant conflict. This is the sound from a video of an elephant charging in the one day after hippos elephants kill more people in Africa than any other animal. Try shoeing and elephant off a field and and this is what you face an adult female ways over three tons. A bull elephant is typically over six park manager. Craig reads has being killed by an elephant is a horrifying thing these big bulls will charge a person and when people are caught by an elephant that nominate using yeah trunk knocked him to the ground and then kneel on them crushing other within knees or with the base of the trunk which at that point Zoll killed buildup and almost activist done. Zahi is seen it happen. You said several years ago a herd of elephants came out of the park and into the field I did he was designed to serving working without the seven people killed in one day. These kinds of deadly episodes have a ripple effect. Smugglers and international cartels will look for local farmers not done Sanni who have had these kinds of run INS with elephants and they'll promise them enough money to buy food for their families. All they