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Drones Could Help Reduce Poaching in Kenya by 96 Per Cent

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Posted in Science on 26th Apr, 2014 12:50 AM by AlexMuller

Drones will soon fill the skies above Kenya's 52 national parks and reserves, after a successful pilot program showed that they're effective at stopping poachers. Very effective: In the pilot program, drones reduced poaching by a remarkable 96 per cent.

 

Of course, the drones have some help. "Use of drones has shown that we can prevent poaching and arrest many poachers on their tracks," Paul Udoto, spokesman for the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), told The Guardian.
 
"The pilot project has been a success and we are working with many partners including the Kenya police, the National Intelligence Service, and a lot of international partners such as Interpol, Ugandan and Tanzanian governments." The drones themselves use radio frequencies to monitor the movement of the wildlife and spot poachers before they strike.
 
Using drones to monitor wildlife is nothing new, but this is one of the first statistics showing the efficacy of such a program. While poachers haver killed 435 elephants and about 400 rhinos in Kenya since 2012, only 51 elephants and 18 rhinos have been lost this year. We'll soon see if the program will actually scale. 

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-26
+2
Very promising data! Drones seem so effective in protecting wild life from poachers in this pilot scheme and hopefully all will work out when they scale up
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-26
+1
I am not really sure what these drones do? Probably trigger some alarm or intercept poachers? Whatever, this could be a great success. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-26
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There are other great dangers to wildlife that should not be ignored. Three quarters of the world's big carnivores - including lions, wolves and bears - are in decline
The loss of this habitat and prey and persecution by humans has created global hotspots of decline. Reply


 

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