Drones swoop in to the rescue of endangered rhinos

Poachers, you can run but you can’t hide from these mechanical birds. They'll hunt you down.

The problem with trying to protect wild animals is that you can never quite keep up with them to keep tabs on them. But Airware has the solution to this far-ranging problem.

And the answer is …. drones. Sorry to give it away so early on in the program, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out (see headline), just a San Francisco-based startup. The company teamed up with the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya to use specialised drones to patrol the skies.

And there’s hope for animalkind yet. The field trial was a stellar success, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Not only were the drones able to cover huge expanses of land that even rangers in vehicles can’t, their infrared capabilities are sensitive enough to even track the colour change in an elephant's trunk as he sucks up a drink of cold water. Poachers’ campfires? Easy peasy.

It’s one small step for animal conservation and also another for developing autonomous drone flights which would come in handy for situations like this. Now, can someone come up with a contingency plan for when they turn on us?

Source: The Verge