Here's How Drones And Computers Are Putting A Stop To Ivory Poaching

May 9, 2015 By Archit Tripathi
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.

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.
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