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How AI is helping elephants, orcas and 3 more species


Elephants used to wander freely across Asia. Today, they roam through a fraction of the landthey used to. Athe human population growsAsian elephant habitat continues to shrink. In Africa, the story isn’t much brighter: In addition to dwindling habitat, the African elephant contends with an illegal ivory trade that kills more than 20,000 elephants a year. Conservationists and researchers are doing all they can. But with fewer than 500,000 elephants left worldwide, time is running out. 
 
That’s where programs like AI for Earth come in.  
 
AI for Earth grants are awarded to projects that change the way people and organizations monitor, model and, ultimately, manage Earth’s natural systems 
 
More than 300 grants have been given to projects in 60 countries. That’s good news for elephants  and other animals, too. See how researchers, conservationists and scientists are using Microsoft’s cloud and AI tools to understand diverse species and safeguard vulnerable animals.  

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elephants in the wild
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Organizations like Conservation Metrics (with the Elephant Listening Project) use AI-enabled tools to help ensure a better future for the elephantsTo monitor and predict poaching threats, Conservation Metrics and the Elephant Listening Project use acoustic surveys, and Save the Elephants relies on GPS tracking collars.  

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