Have you ever wanted to communicate with animals, specifically elephants? It’s now possible, thanks to the Hello in Elephant smartphone app that translates texts, expressions and phrases into basic elephant language counterparts. If you wanted to say “I love you,” for instance, the app would translate the intention into a sound clip of an elephant expressing exactly that.
CampaignBrief reports that the tool was developed by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which is based in Kenya, Africa. The goal is to boost awareness about elephant conservation and raise money in the process. It’s a noble effort, considering the African elephant is predicted to go extinct within 10 years due to poaching and habitat loss.
Reportedly, the organization hopes that by bridging the language barrier between the great mammals and humans, users will be more likely to donate to their survival. “After decades of research into the ways elephants communicate and behave, we’re beginning to understand their language,” said a Sheldrick spokesperson. “The HelloinElephant Campaign has been created to provide people with the ability to translate simple human words and emotions into elephant calls that signal similar emotions or intentions.”
Elephants are one of the most intelligent and empathetic creatures on the planet, which is why their plight is so newsworthy. Sadly, their numbers are dwindling. In the early 20th century, there were more than 10 million African elephants. Now, there are less than 400,000. If humans fail to support conservation efforts and curb poaching, future generations many only know about elephants through textbooks.
Daphne Sheldrick, founder of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, believes elephants are like humans — but better. “Elephants are so like us, and they express many of the same behaviours and characteristics as humans do,” Sheldrick said. “The Elephant Language is endangered, so we’ve translated it to help save the species. Through this campaign’s celebration of this magnificent animal, we hope to raise greater awareness of the elephant’s plight and funding for our pioneering elephant rescue and conservation projects.”
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