Kenyan game reserve forced to cancel plans to use UAVs to counter poaching

A Tempest UAV.The Ol Pejeta conservancy in Kenya has been forced to scrap plans to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for counter poaching duties after the Kenyan government banned the private use of UAVs.

In December last year US company Airware deployed an Aerial Ranger UAV to track down poachers in an effort to showcase the potential of the aircraft. Ol Pejeta had planned to unveil its UAVs this month, reports The Star. The conservancy used crowdfunding website Indiegogo to successfully raise $35 000 to buy the first UAV and animal tracking equipment. However, the launch has been cancelled.

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