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Last Updated: Monday March 14 2005 12:53 GMT

Texting to save Kenyan elephants

Elephants might be huge, but scientists in Kenya are finding it hard to track them, so they're using text messages to keep tabs on the tuskers.

They're fitting the jumbo beasts with special collars that text in their exact location every hour.

That means the experts can discover where elephants roam, and use that information to protect them.

They hope the technology will also be able to warn farmers if elephants are about to trample their crops in future.

The scheme is possible because the Africa bush is now part of a growing mobile phone network, with loads of masts covering the countryside.

Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder of Save The Elephants, said: "The only way elephants are going to survive into the long term is by very careful planning based on real hard scientific research."

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