Elephants Storm the Twitterverse

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African Elephant © Shankar S.

A pack of GPS-toting pachyderms has taken Twitter by a storm. Four bull African elephants in central Kenya are now tweeting with a little help from human interpreters.

The four males each have distinct Twitter personalities that reflect their real-life characteristics as observed in the wild. Tyson, Evgeny, Kimani, and Carlos tweet from @SpaceForGiants about the same kinds of things a lot of humans do — posting about where they are and their grazing habits.

The elephants wear GPS collars that transmit their whereabouts and human volunteers use this information to compose the tweets, factoring in a slight time lag in order to thwart poachers and keep the animals safe. The initiative is intended to raise awareness of the plight of elephants in the wild.

Find out more about this from CBC News, or follow the hashtag #ElephantsLive on Twitter

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Steph Spencer

Steph Spencer is a freelance travel writer from Canada who has been held captive by the travel industry for over 14 years. An incurable smart aleck, notorious purple fanatic, hat person, and ukulele player of questionable abilities, Steph explores the geeky side of travel on her blog A Nerd At Large, and dispenses random quirkiness on Google+ and as @ANerdAtLarge on Twitter. She truly believes that anything is possible with enough determination and copious amounts of chocolate.

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