Mapping Elephants with Wildlife Neighbors in Kusungu National Park

How a national park in Malawi is using DroneDeploy to map elephant populations

Rebecca Lehman - Social Impact Program Manager, DroneDeploy
Rebecca Lehman
Oct 05, 2022
Mapping Elephants with Wildlife Neighbors in Kusungu National Park
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In July 2022, 250 elephants and 250 other species of wildlife were transferred from Liwonde National Park to Kasungu National Park in Malawi; one of the largest transfers of wildlife in the history of the country. Confused and scared, several elephant families have already attempted to move beyond park boundaries resulting in encounters with local communities and, sadly, several deaths. The sheer size of Kasungu National Park and the limited number of staff and resources has made monitoring the elephants a huge challenge.

DroneDeploy.org is partnering with Wildlife Neighbors, graduates from Africa Drone and Data Academy, and Malawi’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife, rangers at Kasungu National Park will be trained to use drones to monitor and survey wildlife populations and their environment.

We'll continue to get updates from this team as they map elephant populations, so stay tuned!

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About the Author

Rebecca Lehman - Social Impact Program Manager, DroneDeploy
Rebecca Lehman
Social Impact Program Manager - DroneDeploy
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Rebecca finds innovative ways to leverage technology in addressing social and environmental problems. At DroneDeploy she manages both the nonprofit and education programs. She works with nonprofits and social impact organizations to enable the power of mapping and new technology to reach those who need it most. She has a master's degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment.