Posting on their Facebook page this Wednesday, Jan. 30, the Wildlife ACT Fund let it be known that they could use some web support.
And what would a helpful WordPress genius get in return for his or her hard tech toil? Oh, just two weeks at one of the Wildlife ACT project sites in South Africa.
According to said site (it’s not that ugly!) the Wildlife ACT Fund exists to:
* Find and fund the right equipment needed for effective and meaningful monitoring
* Deliver time and expertise to reintroduce these species into new ranges
* Implement anti-poaching measures and technology in the field
* Conduct community outreach, conservation education and economic development
Among their projects is the use of technology in anti-poaching campaigns. Black Rhino, cheetahs, leopards, Painted Dogs and other endangered species are tagged with collars that sense when the animals are unusually still or are separated from others. The collars, intended to detect a poacher’s snare, send out emergency distress signals that lead field scientists to the threatened creature.
As good technology has become more advanced, so, of course, has that of the bad guys. Which means keeping one step ahead. Accordingly, new sensors have been invented that fit inside a rhino’s horn. Should the horn be threatened—and poachers are avid for the aphrodisiacal elements said to exist inside rhino horn—the sensor will again emit a distress signal to dissuade poachers and alert help.
A terrific side benefit to the tagging is the great amount of data it emits as the animals go about their normal habitat and patterns, allowing scientists to better study a day in the life.
So: How are your WordPress skills, anyway? Write christie @ wildlifeact.com