Gallery: WWF’s Google-Funded Drones to Track Dangerous Wildlife Poacher...


Image of US army drone, Shutterstock

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has announced plans to deploy aerial drones to get control of the escalating illegal wildlife trade, which is quickly spinning out of control. Funded by a $5 million Google grant, the unmanned surveillance vehicles will be deployed in either Africa or Asia to track dangerous wildlife poachers from the sky. The first pair of drones will be in place by year’s end and the wildlife conservation group hopes to dispatch another three pairs by the end of 2015.

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  1. Veritas September 7, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    The picture of the UAV in this article, which is captioned “Image of US army drone, Shutterstock”, is in fact not a US Army drone at all. It is the EADS/Cassidian/SurveyCopter ‘Tracker’, which was developed for the French Army. In France, the Tracker is referred to as the DRAC (Drone de Reconnaissance Au Contact). The caption for this image at its source location, Shutterstock, is correct in that it says ‘Army drone’ and not ‘US Army drone’.

  2. Vallish Vaasuki March 11, 2013 at 2:17 am

    would like to know more about projects , to get funds in protecting remaining Asian elephants Awareness program i the tribal area , many elephants are been electrocuted from 2002 – 2013
    tuskers are disappearing , may be the threat of drop down in the ratio of male-female for the healthy genes to pass.

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