A male elephant in Mondulkiri is the first in Indochina to be fitted with a radio
A joint team of Flora Fauna International and forestry administration staff collared
the animal, which is of unknown age and with uncut tusks, last Wednesday in Bu Sra
The purpose of the collar is to "understand how elephants use their habitat,"
said Joe Heffernan, Indochina elephant program coordinator for FFI. It could also
act as an early warning alert system to warn villagers of potential raids. Similar
projects in Malaysia have met with success.
A full-time field team of forestry administration staff will monitor the movement
of the elephant, which will wear the collar for one year. The US Fish and Wildlife
Service were primary donors to the project, the collar itself costing $10,000.