Google Brings Street View to Africa’s Savanna
Google is letting the public see what elephant conservation looks like through a whole new lens: Street View.
Thanks to an initiative with conservation group Save the Elephants, everyone can get a glimpse of Kenya’s elephants at three different sites—the Samburu National Reserve, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
Just as you can click and zoom through the streets of your neighborhood, Google Street View allows viewers to see what an elephant sees in its everyday life on the savanna. In a blog post, Google said the goal of the project is to raise awareness of the growing poaching crisis owing to increasing demand for elephant ivory sold on the black market.
This type of satellite data and on-the-ground imagery is giving rangers, researchers, and wildlife officials new tools to combat poaching and manage animal populations.
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