As of October 2020, three GPS Collar units have been attached to elephants in Balairaja and GSK. Two GPS Collar units are attached to elephants in Balairaja, and one unit to elephants at GSK.
The third installation of the GPS Collar aims to:
1) as an early warning system for human and elephant conflict,
2) knowing the movement of elephant groups in Balairaja and GSK,
3) preparation of spatial planning for ga jah habitat pockets and
4) to design the elephant corridor of Balairaja-Giam Siak Kecil
The activity of installing Col lar GPS involved various parties and experts such as BB KSDA Riau, PGI and Rimba Satwa
Foundation (RSF), veterinarians, and mahouts. This installation process took several months, starting from coordination with stakeholders, procuring a GPS collar, forming a team, preparing field and medical equipment, to installing a GPS collar in the field. In this process the team faced various obstacles and challenges. However, with the efforts and hard work of the team, these activities can go well.
Currently, the three GPS Collars are still active and operating well. Data processing and analysis have also been carried out. The team’s experience in the process of installing a GPS collar and processing this data can be a good lesson for elephant conservation in the future. Therefore, the Team compiled a Learning Book for GPS Collar Installation and Data Processing as a sharing experience and learning. The hope is, if there are similar activities, it can run better and more effectively. In addition, this learning can also be the basis for drafting SOPs related to the conservation of elephants and other animals in Indonesia.