More UAVs for rhino counter-poaching duty

Foreign grant to boost rhino counter-poaching operationsPart of a more than R230 million foreign grant to boost capacity in South Africa’s ongoing battle against rhino poaching will go to “technology applications, including drones,” according to Environment Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.

The grant, from the Dutch and Swedish Postcode Lotteries, totals R232.2 million and its arrival in South Africa was facilitated by the Stellenbosch-headquartered Peace Parks Foundation.

Molewa said the donation was the single largest contribution made by the private sector to combat rhino poaching and wildlife crime. The majority of it will be spent on enhancing existing efforts to protect rhino in South Africa, home to 83% of the continent’s wild rhino population.

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An Eye in the Sky for Boots on the Ground


WWF’s Wildlife Crime Technology Project takes flight with help from a Google Global Impact Award


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It’s four o’clock in the morning and the cold, dry desert air offers a jolt to a team of conservationists, wildlife managers and technology experts gathered in Namibia’s Waterberg Plateau Park. They are testing a suite of integrated technologies in an effort to protect threatened wildlife—including rhinos, elephants and other iconic species. About a year ago, WWF received a Google Global Impact Award grant to launch WWF’s Wildlife Crime Technology Project. Today, the project is literally taking flight.

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