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A new "eye in the sky" will help Nepalese park rangers monitor animals and #stopwildlifecrime

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Nepal’s national parks are home to endangered rhinos, tigers and elephants—three of the species most vulnerable to illegal wildlife trade. Antipoaching teams from two of those parks recently received a major boost when WWF introduced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which will help monitor wildlife and combat poaching. WWF helped train 19 park rangers and Nepal Army members on how to use UAVs and conduct field tests. Eye in the Sky Effective wildlife monitoring has depended traditionally on accessibility of the terrain by antipoaching patrols as well as prior intelligence on poachers in the vicinity. Technologies like these non-lethal UAVs give park rangers a new and vital advantage against dangerously armed poachers. As an “eye in the sky”, the UAV provides access into previously unreachable areas and a safe view of illegal activities on the ground. The presence of a UAV ...

Full article: http://worldwildlife.org/stories/new-technology-to-fight-...

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