About Us

Since 2017, EarthRanger has helped protected area managers make informed, conservation-related operational decisions. It is also used by ecologists and biologists to study wildlife and habits, and to advocate for their protection.
Developed by Vulcan Inc. in partnership with many conservation and technology partners, it is a software solution that combines real-time data from ranger patrols, remote imaging and many, various sensors. The visualized data are analyzed by operational teams and scientists to identify or respond to potential threats, track and study animal movements, and understand ecological changes. Our vision is to promote wildlife conservation, support positive human-wildlife coexistence, and deter wildlife poaching.  

Bridging the data gap in wildlife conservation

Wildlife advocates and protected area managers are challenged to monitor vast expanses of land and protect assets with limited resources, making the task of preventing poaching and human wildlife conflict extremely difficult.

EarthRanger is part of Vulcan’s philanthropic portfolio to fulfill the organization’s mission to make and leave the world a better place. Developed in response to the Great Elephant Census, another Vulcan initiative, which revealed a stark decline in elephant population across the African Savana due to poaching activity. The dedicated conservation and technology team at Vulcan worked with government officials, park managers, rangers and other NGO field personnel to deliver a tool that would meet their needs in protecting wildlife and advancing conservation knowledge.


Elephant population trends in GEC landscapes over the past ten years
The Great Elephant Census was designed to provide accurate and up-to-date data about the number and distribution of African elephants by using standardized aerial surveys of tens of hundreds of thousands of square miles.
The 2016 results from the Great Elephant Census found a 30% decline in savanna elephant population in seven years.
Believing data to be critical to building and promoting programs that bring lasting positive impact, Vulcan has invested to fund programs and build solutions such as EarthRanger that help front line practitioners perform their work with current and relevant information.

As protected areas deployed EarthRanger in their territories, an unexpected benefit emerged. A community of users is now sharing best practices and innovative concepts engaging EarthRanger as it extends beyond just elephant protection to a diversity of wildlife, ecological and community applications.

About Vulcan

Founded by philanthropists Jody Allen and the late Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, Vulcan Inc. is based in Seattle and works to make and leave the world a better place. Our social and environmental impact work is focused on solving some of the world’s biggest challenges in ocean health, combating climate change, wildlife conservation, and supporting vibrant communities.  
To learn more about our work, including our efforts to preserve and protect key species and promote conservation using technology, visit Vulcan.com