“WWF and Google collaborate to develop high-tech solutions to stop wildlife crimes”

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New grant for state-of-the-art technology to protect tigers, rhinos and elephants. 
 
Efforts to fight wildlife crime received an important boost thanks to a new grant from Google. WWF-US will use the grant to adapt state-of-the-art technologies for the protection of endangered species like elephants, rhinos and tigers. These innovative new tools will give rangers in protected areas and local communities a welcome advantage against the ruthless and deadly gangs of criminals targeting wildlife.  Remote aerial survey systems, wildlife tagging technology and ranger patrolling guided by analytical software like the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) will be integrated to increase the detection and deterrence of poaching in vulnerable sites in Asia and Africa. The goal is to create an efficient, effective network that can be adopted globally.
As you know, it’s a real disappointment to me that this new content is being forced out in a rush to meet Rhino Raid’s needs rather than as a joint development to equally benefit communications from WWF-SA Rhino Programme, as I originally proposed.



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