Conservationists are using drones, night-vision goggles and Google Earth to halt the decline of Kenya’s wildlife.
Standing in his flatbed truck, Marc Goss touches “take off” on his iPad 3 and a $300 AR Drone whirs into the air as his latest weapon to fight elephant poachers around Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve.
“It’s an arms race,” said Goss, whose green khaki clothing shields him from thorny acacia branches in the 30,000 hectares of savannah he protects. “We’re seeing larger numbers of poachers.”
Drones are basically the future of conservation; a drone can do what 50 rangers can do.
James Hardy, Mara North Conservancy
Besides the almost 2 foot-long drone, Goss and other conservationists are using night-vision goggles and Google Earth to halt the decline of Kenya’s wildlife, which helps attract $1.2 billion a year in tourism. With elephant ivory sold for as much as $US1000 a kilogram in Hong Kong, Kenya is facing its most serious threat from poaching in almost a quarter of a century, according to the United Nations….
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