Elephant attacks are becoming more common in India.
Elephant attacks are becoming more common in India.

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India has a problem with conflicts between humans and elephants. As humans squeeze the elephants into smaller and smaller territories, the conflicts are more violent and happen more often.

But in one community, Valparai, Tamil Nadu, wildlife experts are using monitoring and technology to keep people — and elephants — safe. They monitor the elephants' movement, and then communicate their location via local TV stations and text messages to anyone within two kilometers of the reported elephant location.

If people find themselves with elephants in the vicinity, they can also activate a flashing red LED light with something as simple as a missed phone call. Global Voices has the story.

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