Text Warning System Prevents Death by Elephants in India

Asian_elephant_eating_-_melbourne_zoo(National Geographic and NewsPop) — A new text warning system in Tamil Nadu, India alerts residents when elephants are nearby, and experts say the system has already saved lives.

In India, millions of people live alongside Asian elephants. Generally, they interact peacefully. But sometimes encounters can turn deadly. Between 1994 and 2013, 41 people were killed in encounters with elephants.

In the last 18 months there have been no deaths by elephants, and some scientists say that’s because of the warning system, which sends text message alerts to almost 4000 phone numbers, so people can find a safe place to go when elephants are in their communities.

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