After several field tests, we have finally rolled out our fully Automated Lion Alert System! What makes this system unique is that our colleagues at the University of Siegen created a cloud-based algorithm that can generate a series of virtual fences that send personalized messages to individuals when lions approach within 5 km of their homestead. We have already added over 100 villagers and mapping coodinates for over 30 homesteads and villages. Since our collaring effort in December, we now have 9 collared lions that trigger the alerts across the landscape. The best part is that we can adapt this system as we learn the best options from villager feedback.
We will provide updates as the program develops, but with conflict on the rise, this system could not have come at a better time!