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Protecting elephants in Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania

Published 5:30 AM ET, Wed April 11, 2018
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GPS collars are fitted to elephants in the Mikumi National Park, which is opposite to Selous Game Reserve, where they can move freely between. Rob Beechey/WWF
The collaring team attaches a GPS collar to an immobilized elephant. Rob Beechey/WWF
A vet extracts blood from an immobilized elephant for DNA analysis during the collaring process. Rob Beechey/WWF
An elephant herd in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Rob Beechey/WWF
A village Game Scout (pointing) carries the GPS collar to be fitted to the elephant and the vet to the right carried the loaded darting rifle. Rob Beechey/WWF
The elephant collaring team tracks an elephant on village land next to Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Rob Beechey/WWF
The elephant collaring ground team drive to another elephant herd along a dirt road in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Rob Beechey/WWF
The landscape in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Rob Beechey/WWF
A vet darts an elephant form a vehicle. Rob Beechey/WWF
The spectacular landscape of Tanzania. WWF
Detail of the from feet of an immobilized elephant during the collaring process. Rob Beechey/WWF
An elephant rises having been collared. Rob Beechey/WWF
The ground crew attaches a GPS collar to a female elephant (20 years old). Rob Beechey/WWF
The ground crew travels in vehicles to reach an elephant herd in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Rob Beechey/WWF
A ranger cutting of the protruding bolts on the collar once it has been fitted. Asukile Kajuni from WWF-Tanzania keeps the elephant cool by spraying its ear with water. Rob Beechey/WWF
The completed data sheet for a collared elephant along with a sample of its hair for DNA analysis. The writing on the bag give the collar number, location, date and Park name. Rob Beechey/WWF
After being collared and revived an elephant makes its way back to its herd. Rob Beechey/WWF
A herd of elephants in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Rob Beechey/WWF
A spotter plane supporting the elephant collaring effort. Rob Beechey/WWF