The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust


Data Collection for Wildlife Conservation

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is a conservation organization for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.

We helped with design and development of a tracking mobile app for staff members to gather data on their daily ground and air patrols. The data helps in the safeguarding of the natural environment, anti-poaching, providing veterinary assistance to animals in need, and rescuing animals especially, elephants and rhino orphans.

Industry: Wildlife Conservation
Challenges: A simple and easy tracking mobile app to gather data during daily ground and air patrols.
Services: UI & UX Design, and App Development

Sheldrick Wildlife Tracking App


The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust deploys eight full-time anti-poaching units to patrol the greater Tsavo Conservation area on foot, by vehicle and aerial surveillance. These skilled frontline teams are equipped with camping gear, radios, GPS’ and cameras with the mission to help prevent elephant and rhino poaching and other illegal activities, whilst increasing security and capturing data. The data is very important in helping to prosecute poachers and wildlife offenders. The ground patrol teams work in tandem with the aerial surveillance unit, and mobile veterinary unit in locating and treating injured wild species.

Challenges & Approach

Easy interface for pilots. The UI design of the app had to be simple and easy to operate with one hand when a pilot is conducting low-level aerial monitoring and surveillance. The design results are larger buttons and larger text, so data and observations can be quickly captured with a finger tap.

Another challenge to overcome was the transmission and syncing of data. These aerial and ground patrols would be in remote areas with limited cellular access. We built the app to have the data stored locally on the device during a patrol. When connectivity is available, the device can be synced with the server and after completion, the data is removed from the device to avoid duplication. At the start of a patrol, the app can track, draw your route and drop pins on a map. All the map data is preloaded so no data service is required.

To learn more about the amazing and important work of The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, please visit the website.