The Zoological Society of London is one of 10 finalists for a Google Global Impact Award — the tech-savvy folks at the ZSL have developed prototypes of tiny cameras with sound recording devices that will enable game wardens in Kenya to detect gunshots as they are happening, so they have a far better chance of catching poachers in the act of killing endangered elephants and rhinos.
Wildlife crime is one of the largest illegal trades in the world. Rhino poaching increased by over 40% from 2011-2012, posing a real threat to communities and tourism operations that depend on wildlife. The ZSL estimates that with the devices they’ll be able to cut poaching by 50% over two years.
The first award of £500,000 is based on online voting by the general public, and then there are 3 more awards of £500,000 each that will be determined by a panel of judges (including Sir Richard Branson and Sir Tim Berners-Lee).
There are 9 other great projects in contention for the awards; the ZSL project is the only one that focuses on endangered species. You can vote for up to 4 different projects, so go check them out and cast your votes! The public voting ends June 3rd.
To cast your vote for the ZSL’s Digital Eyes and Ears for Wildlife Protection project, go to: https://globalimpactchallenge.withgoogle.com/#/zsl