Sunday, December 14, 2014

Drones Discourage Rhino Poachers

A South Africa news source reports:
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The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal has reported a 92% reduction in rhino poaching incidents during a year-long project involving...drones.

...the custom-made drones clocked over 3,600 flying hours across in four separate deployments across an area home to one of the biggest rhino populations in the world.

...It’s fleet of  drone aircraft was used to stream live video via satellite to ‘armchair pilots’ on the ground.

During the initial one month-long pilot project not a single rhino was lost inside Hluhluwe-Imfolozi.

...“Finally some good news in the war against rhino poaching,” said Shaya chief operations officer, Ben van Dyk. “We’ve proved the value of drone technology in the fight against rhino poaching. The world urgently needs a solution to the poaching crisis, and we believe we’ve found it.”

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