Watch South African park rangers in action catching poachers with drones. Cecil's death could've been prevented if only these drones were in place. While drones come in different forms from the commonly seen quadrocopter to the traditional remote controlled aircrafts. Unlike the predator drones launched by the United States military, these drones are unarmed and its sole purpose is to survey the area for suspicious activity.
Armed with an infrared camrea, drones can easily spot heat signatures form poachers and animals without shining a beam of light down. Check out this video to see how park rangers found a vehicle in a protected area inside the park in the middle of the night. Makes me want to get started flying drones as a hobby. With drone technology park rangers can send drones over poacher camps and coordinate arrests before massive damage has been done to the eco system
Our charity partner IAPF is introducing a UAV program to help park rangers identity and coordinate the arrest of poachers and trophy hunters in their act.