Can drones help tackle Africa’s wildlife poaching crisis?

An eye in the sky that can help catch wildlife poachers is the dream of many conservationists in Africa.

That dream is closer to becoming a reality thanks to rapid advances in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or drone, technology.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a Kenyan 90,000-acre reserve specialising in protecting white and black rhinos, has teamed up with San Francisco-based tech company Airware, which specialises in drone autopilot systems.

Read more… BBC News – Can drones help tackle Africas wildlife poaching crisis?.

Permit to shoot endangered black rhino – in the name of conservation – sells for $350,000


Further to our story back in October.  The auction for the black rhino hunting permit has now taken place: raising $350,000 for rhino conservation.  A radical approach to wildlife conservation? Or a smokescreen for for the mega wealthy to hunt yet more of Africa’s endangered wildlife? You tell me.

Background: Permit to hunt endangered African black rhino sells for $350,000 – Telegraph.