Wildlife Conservation Trust launches app to curb animal deaths by speeding vehicles
The Wildlife Conservation Trust has launched a new app to curb the problem of roadkill in India. The launch comes after 5 elephants include a pregnant female was killed by a speeding train on December 17, near Balipara in Assam.
The app was launched by the non-profit organization on Sunday, December 21. The main feature of the app is that people will now be able to upload photos of animal deaths along roads and railway tracks and tag the specific location.
This will enable conservators to identify sensitive animal corridors and take preemptive measures. The government will also be able to track the activities and construct overpasses or underpass so as not to obstruct animal movement in the area.
While the app team’s long term plan is to use the data to reduce road-kill, its current course of action is to expand the user base and keep the users engaged. “Only then data will start to flow in and legitimate action can be taken to rectify the problem” a member of the team explained.