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Rhino spy cameras could help stop poaching

July 22, 2015 | Comment icon 8 comments



Species such as the rhino could soon go extinct due to poaching. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 William Warby
Miniature spy cameras and alarms are to be used in an effort to put a stop to poaching once and for all.
With one rhino being killed by poachers every six hours in Africa, conservationists estimate that these magnificent horned pachyderms could disappear entirely within the next two decades.

Now in a renewed effort to fight back against those responsible however a new British-made system known as 'Rapid' ( Real-time Anti-Poaching Intelligence Device ) could soon be set to turn the tide.

The device, which can be fitted directly on to the animals, includes a video camera, a heart-rate monitor and a satellite-tracking system that can provide real-time feedback to authorities so that when one of them is killed a helicopter can be scrambled immediately to apprehend the culprits.

Footage recorded by the camera could also be used as evidence against the poachers in court.
"We had to find a way to protect these animals effectively in the field - the killing has to be stopped," said Dr Paul O’Donoghue. "With this device, the heart-rate monitor triggers the alarm the instant a poaching event occurs, pin-pointing the location within a few metres."

"Rangers can be on the scene via helicopter or truck within minutes, leaving poachers no time to harvest the valuable parts of an animal or make good an escape."

"You can’t outrun a helicopter. Rapid renders poaching a pointless exercise."

The new system is set to begin trials in South Africa near the beginning of next year.

Source: Independent | Comments (8)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by KariW 7 years ago
Fantastic News! This really made my day!
Comment icon #2 Posted by Iron_Lotus 7 years ago
we should be hunting the poachers.... put them up for displays on mantles.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Dark_Grey 7 years ago
we should be hunting the poachers.... put them up for displays on mantles. We should be flooding the market with fakes and running propaganda campaigns aimed at the people who buy these horns. No, it does not cure your erectile dysfunction, it won't increase your life span, etc. Going after poachers is exactly like going after kids that deal dime-bags: it's lousy solution that only focuses on the symptoms.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Iron_Lotus 7 years ago
im fine with many solutions, poaching poachers would be one of mine.
Comment icon #5 Posted by KariW 7 years ago
we should be hunting the poachers.... put them up for displays on mantles. I have to admit, that there are few things that make me very angry - Poaching for profit is one of those things.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Bean85 7 years ago
Damn poachers!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Father Merrin 7 years ago
Far be it for me to comment on the medicinal properties of rhino horn, but if the eastern countries believe in it so much why haven't they investigated what compounds in the horn have the properties and created a synthetical version? Or is the whole thing hocus pocus and witchcraft nonsense?
Comment icon #8 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago
Far be it for me to comment on the medicinal properties of rhino horn, but if the eastern countries believe in it so much why haven't they investigated what compounds in the horn have the properties and created a synthetical version? Or is the whole thing hocus pocus and witchcraft nonsense? It's a scam. Rhino horns are composed primarily of a protein called "keratin", a substance already widely available, and has little to no known medicinal properties. But, for whatever reason, some will believe in anything, and I presume this was a farce scam that propagated many centuries ago and has made ... [More]


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