Elephant Acoustic Tracking2015
By Amelia Meyer
The acoustic tracking of elephants is a two-pronged method of keeping account of population numbers, particularly in the forests. First, it involves actually learning the sounds that the herd, family or clan within the specific area make and what they mean to that particular elephant society. Although bearing strong similarities to other herds, sounds are actually unique to each small family, much the same as humans display dialects of the same basic language. Second, once deciphered, this communication between and amongst the animals in the forest needs to be used to track and count the number of animals. Because elephants communicate using sounds that are both audible and non-audible to the human ear, this research is fairly complex.