So … why do we care how many elephants are in Africa?
Elephants are killed by poachers for their tusks, as are rhinos for their horns. Illegally procured, these black market gems are worth ten to a hundred times their amount once out of their native country and they finance more criminal activity as well as terrorism. Their destruction is causing a traumatic socio-economic implosion that is being felt worldwide.
Saving Elephants in Africa is one example of environmental challenges felt locally reaching globally. The struggle to save elephants and rhinos and lions and ecosystems and the cultures that depend on them are poignant to every region or country. Counting elephants is a perfect opportunity to utilize Big Data to solve Big Problems.