New Rhino Protection Technology to the Rescue!

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Protect is a UK based not for profit charity that has developed a sophisticated video cam and transmitter that can be embedded into a rhino’s horn. If the sensors detect a rhino is in distress, then a signal is sent to alert rangers, plus the embedded cam will broadcast live video, capturing any poachers in the act.

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Steve Piper, a director of Protect, elaborates (20 July 2015);

Proof of concept research has already been completed and our South African team are now preparing to fine tune prototypes in the field, we expect to have the first rhino prototypes out within months and are just beginning development on versions for tigers and elephants. We hope to have a fully functional control centre established early next year. The figures make it painfully clear; there is no time to waste, the tide has to be turned and the Protect RAPID can do it; the only thing heading for extinction over the next decade is poaching itself.”

Rhino CamFurthermore, Protect has also teamed up with the Humane Society International (HSI). The HSI is working with the government of Viet Nam on an education and outreach programme to try and reduce the demand side for rhino horn.

Claire Bass, executive director of HSI UK, comments;

Reducing market demand is critical to safeguard wildlife long term, but it needs to be coupled with urgent, effective action to stop the current poaching crisis. The Protect RAPID could be a game changer in the increasingly desperate fight against poaching, and the technology has the potential to be applied to other critically endangered species including tigers and elephants. We are excited to have this opportunity to fund the project and hope other backers will join us to get the technology into the field as quickly as possible.

Let’s hope Protect and HSI with their welcome work, can make a difference (and soon).

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3 thoughts on “New Rhino Protection Technology to the Rescue!

  1. This seems like a much more promising solution than poisoning their horns (which I read about here: https://www.savetherhino.org/rhino_info/thorny_issues/poisoning_rhino_horns). Apparently there are some documented cases of poisoned horns not being an effective deterrent for reasons spelled out in the article I mentioned. I look forward to seeing how well the protection technology works to deter poaching, and sure hope it does! Thanks for sharing this news.

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  2. L.P. Thank you for the reply to the short article – Yes, the dye/poisoning method can be ineffective and leave much of the rhino horn intact and hence ‘desirable.’ Hopefully, Protect’s embedded video camera approach can be more effective – with the benefit of an alert signal to call in back-up, which will hopefully be near by. However, the distances involved between threatened rhino and rangers can be vast, so a more rapid ’emergency response’ is needed, be that helicopters or UAVs (drones). Of course, all this technology/response resource costs money (but to save a species, it’s worth it imo!). It is good to see that anti-poaching technology is being advanced. Hopefully, a venture (mine and others) called International Wildlife Bond (soon to be launched) will be able to focus more minds and money on this kind of conservation initiative and make it more widely available……….Watch this space! Best wishes in your work, very interesting profile and work ‘approach!’

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    • Thanks! I’m guessing you found your way to my blog. I’ve been a telework advocate for the past few years for numerous reasons. However atttenuating the need (and growth) of commercial real estate benefits the environment (through reduced commuting and pollution) and non-human lives whose natural habitats are being encroached upon as the human population grows – a major reason I’ve gathered that many species are endangered. So, as an animal lover, I see this as a benefit to wild creatures (as well as to my very social animal companion I have at home as she gets to spend more time with me). 🙂

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