Kenya hit the headlines last year when it turned to drones to help track poachers brutally slaughtering elephants for their tusks across its national parks. Now India has taken a leaf out of the African nation’s book to save its tigers.
The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) is all set to use drones and virtual fences to keep an eye on its dwindling tiger population. The trials for using the advanced technology to protect the big cats from poachers will begin in Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, from January 9.
According to James Hardy, the manager of Mara North Conservancy, a 74,000 acres wilderness track in Kenya, drones are the future of conservation. “A drone can do what 50 rangers can do,” he felt.