AI speeds effort to protect endangered elephants

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 10:40 in Biology & Nature

Cornell University's Elephant Listening Project tracks African forest elephants with acoustic sensors, but the forests are so remote and the sound files so huge it takes months to collect and analyze the data - too long to rescue the animals from poachers or other threats. Now scientists can learn critical information about the elephants' habits and patterns in a fifth of the time. A startup, Conservation Metrics, developed a tool that uses artificial intelligence to distinguish the low-frequency, long-duration elephant calls from other rainforest sounds.

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