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Google & WWF = state-of-the-art technology to protect wildlife

As part of Google’s Global Impact Awards, the World Wildlife Fund has received a $5 million grant to adapt and use new technologies to curb wildlife poaching in Asia and Africa.

From the WWF website:

Remote aerial survey systems, wildlife tagging technology and ranger patrolling guided by analytical software like the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) will be integrated to increase the detection and deterrence of poaching in vulnerable sites in Asia and Africa. Our goal is to create an efficient, effective network that can be adopted globally.

Poachers—now the biggest threat to the world’s remaining tigers, rhinos, and elephants—are using high-end paramilitary techniques to harvest them. With these relatively inexpensive technologies, conservation rangers may have an edge. We certainly hope so.