News Release

New online elephant database launched

21 May 2012
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana). Photo: Alicia Wirz

ElephantDatabase.org, a joint project of the IUCN/SSC African Elephant Specialist Group (AfESG) and Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG), is a new site where the latest information from elephant surveys across Africa and Asia is easily accessible.

Clear, colourful and easy to understand maps show where African and Asian elephants are known to occur and where they might also possibly occur. Those who want more detailed information about African and Asian elephant distribution and abundance can also explore historical data, including those in previous African Elephant Status Reports and current data from frequently updated survey submissions.

The authoritative source on elephant population numbers and range, ElephantDatabase.org offers an unprecedented level of transparency into the process of gathering and analysing survey data. The database holds exciting potential for other groups looking to capture, manage and analyze population-level abundance and range data using online tools. The site also accepts submissions of data if you would like to contribute to the database.

ElephantDatabase.org was developed by Solertium as an open source software project. Every aspect of the database is powered by free and open source software. The African and Asian Elephant Specialist Groups are especially thankful for PostgreSQL, PostGIS, and the open source tools that make them possible. They are also grateful to Google Fusion Tables for serving up simple and free visualizations of their geospatial data.

The new website and its ongoing administration is supported by the following donors and partners, without whom ElephantDatabase.org would not be possible; United States Fish & Wildlife Service, European Union (through the CITES MIKE programme), Tusk Trust, and Save the Elephants.

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