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Anti-Poaching Technology in Africa Leads to Dozens of Arrests

by Christin VanZant last modified Jan 09, 2018 06:12 PM
Contributors: WWF
World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) new anti-poaching technology, a combination of thermal imaging cameras and human detection software, is resulting in poacher arrests in eastern Africa. Nine months after the tech’s installation, more than two dozen poachers have been arrested in the Maasai Mara and two poachers have been apprehended at another undisclosed national park in Kenya.

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In March, WWF, working with the Mara Conservancy ranger unit and the Kenya Wildlife Service, installed FLIR technology on a mobile wildlife ranger unit in the Mara Conservancy. It was also installed, with the addition of human detection software technology, in another Kenyan park. WWF’s technology project has one goal: to deter and arrest poachers unlawfully entering protected parks and illegally killing wildlife.

 

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