Help Reach Our Goal for World Elephant Day!
To commemorate World Elephant Day – August 12, 2022 – please help us continue to provide a great learning experience watching our elephants living free in a natural habitat by donating to our EleCam Expansion Campaign. Join the effort and let your friends know they can contribute to this valuable educational tool along with the #WorldElephantDay hashtag to help us spread the word!
If you have been following Bo and Tarra's adventures via our EleCam live stream, you have no doubt seen the two explore Elephant Refuge North America's (ERNA) natural habitat, Tarra share her wilderness savvy, and Bo provide companionship that Tarra has never before experienced.
With warmer weather, ever greater curiosity and desire to roam, Bo and Tarra have shifted from the 100-acre area to the 750-acre habitat. We are so excited for these friends to explore all of the wonders of the refuge. However, the larger habitat is not equipped with the cameras and internet connection that make the EleCam live stream possible.
Collectively, we can pool resources to continue watching and learning about Bo and Tarra's developing relationship. Every donation, no matter the size, helps and is greatly appreciated.
Bo experiences a good tree rub - caught on the EleCam.
Funds from the EleCam Expansion Campaign will be used to support installation of a reliable communication system throughout our 750-acre habitat, which will include:
- live-streaming video to monitor the activity and behavior of resident elephants
- reliable internet connectivity so we can provide online educational opportunities for schools and organizations
- uninterrupted live feed video for public education and noninvasive research
EleCam Critical for Behavior Monitoring
With Bo and Tarra's move to the expanded habitat, we are challenged to monitor their behavior in real time 24/7. We make personal visits several times each day and night into the habitat and have access to still shots from trail cameras. But the Elecam system gives us the ability to view the elephants non-intrusively, giving us a complete and accurate picture of how they are using the habitat and relating to each other.
Our ability to monitor the elephants with this system consisting of field cameras powered by fiber optic cable and wifi connectivity, to locate them for vet care and supplemental feedings and to unobtrusively monitor their continued rehabilitation and relationship building is just another key to providing excellent care. Observing what they are eating, where they are sleeping, when they drink, how much time they are spending together and how their interpersonal relationship is progressing informs our approach to their care.
EleCam Benefits for Research and Education
In addition to enabling caregivers to monitor the elephants in real time, the camera system will collect and store data to be used by us and others for noninvasive research on elephant behavior and rehabilitation. The livestream will be viewed online by researchers, elephant enthusiasts and any interested party, increasing public awareness about the needs of these highly intelligent, social and complex wild animals, who suffer greatly in traditional captive environments.
What is the EleCam system?
At ERNA, the needs of our elephants come first. We are not open to the public and ERNA's volunteers have no physical interaction with the elephants.
At the same time, we know it's a great learning experience to watch elephants being elephants in a natural habitat.
That's why we have our EleCam: so you can watch our elephants (and Mala) unobtrusively as they go about their daily lives.
High-definition cameras that auto track movement; tilt, pan, zoom and follow objects; and rotate 360 degrees are strategically located throughout the refuge. They even have night vision so you can check on Tarra and Bo after dark.