Here's How Drones And Computers Are Putting A Stop To Ivory Poaching
May 9, 2015
The Air Shepherd program was developed as a way to counteract poachers. The program uses drones and predictive modeling technology to safely and stealthily patrol large areas of game reserve in real-time. These drones allow authorities to detect poachers and mobilize before any animals are harmed.
Every year, nearly 40,000 elephants and 1,200 rhinos are killed by poachers in Africa. There is a huge demand for the horns and tusks of these magnificent animals in Southeast Asia, and more than 100,000 elephants were poached just between 2010 and 2012. A single elephant tusk can be worth around $75,000, while rhino horns are $65,000 per kilo (roughly 2.2 pounds). At these exorbitant prices, they are more valuable than gold, and poachers are often backed by large (and dangerous) criminal enterprises.