man looking at footprintsTracking Silver Moon

Silver Moon, or Ngwe Thaw Dar in the language of Myanmar, is a female Asian elephant living in the muddy jungles of Myanmar’s western hills. She is a member of a five-animal herd wandering the central part of Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park. In December 2002, Silver Moon became a vital participant in the effort to save the endangered Asian elephant when she became the first wild elephant in Myanmar to wear a satellite-telemetry collar.

The GIS Lab received data on Silver Moon’s locations from December 12, 2002, to August 5, 2004, when the satellite collar's battery died. The research yields valuable ecological and behavioral data essential for the protection of this species and its habitat in Myanmar.

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