Thanks to Google, a fleet of drones will soon soar over Africa and Asia. Instead of targeting insurgents, however, they’ll be spying on poachers, and sending the data back to international conservation groups. The search giant has donated $5 million to the World Wildlife Federation, which has pioneered a drone program bent on protecting endangered species in Nepal.
We recently investigated the newest and most prominent anti-poaching technology, and survelliance drones were arguably the most effective of the lot. (For more on the rise of non-combat drones, see our most recent documentary, Drone On) Since the WWF began using unmanned aerial vehicles in Nepal two years ago, only two endangered rhinos have been lost. Before the drones swooped in, one was killed every month on average.
-by Brian Merchant
These are the rangers that we fund in Russia to protect the last 450 Amur tigers. These men face blizzard like conditions, are often faced with armed poachers and patrol an area the size of Britain. Their dedication and hard work pays off and they have reduced tiger poaching in this area by half. Help us fund this vital work by donating here: http://www.davidshepherd.org/help-us/tiger-time/donate/
Bill Hicks, One Night Stand
Staring at a wall of empty shelves that were once full is so depressing. The only thing left is The Sandlot on VHS.