Cornish, Malawi, Craig Reid discussed on The World

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From NPR news it's All Things Considered Ahmadi Cornish and I'm ari Shapiro a failing national park in Malawi has become ground zero for an experiment in conservation officials are using artificial intelligence and machine learning to stay one step ahead of poachers and keep elephants from killing villagers and here is dina temple Rastan reports from allow we 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 in this clearing an enormous elephant is munching on grass less than twenty feet in front of us it's magical. who won the national park is two hundred square miles of scenes 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 described the one D. as we found it as being in a state of ten of the client that's park manager Craig Reid he arrived here four years ago with a nonprofit organization called African parks and his job was to bring one day back from the brink safe activity what would have happened had we not intervened would be a total elimination of a loss loss of the ten year period following the things that go wrong in a failed park go wrong very fast in the one his case it went beyond crumbling infrastructure or washed out roads poaching was endemic in elephants were killing villagers outside the park. various don's ani has a small house just outside the park spend slide he's a retired school teacher my house he's fifty meters he from the defense fifty meters from the Midwest Dunn's ani is a subsistence farmer and he and his family rely on the garden for food he goes mangoes and corn and rice which happened to be three of an elephant's favorite foods elephants have a sweet tooth so proximity food an opportunity that's all you need to spark a human elephant conflict..

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