By Dana Sanchez
Conservationists and rangers lack the technology to fight increasingly sophisticated poachers in Africa and if species such as elephants, rhinos and tigers are to survive, they’re going to need help, according to a report in TheEpochTimes.
Help – as in a drone that is affordable, durable, and easy to maintain – wildlife experts said in the report.
The battle between poachers and conservationists fighting in Africa over entire species may be won or lost on whoever has the superior technology, the report said.
The future of elephant and rhino populations in central Africa are in jeopardy as prices and demand for animal parts soar in Asia. Poaching is increasing, and wildlife officials are fighting back, testing new technologies such as drones and DNA analysis, and seeking improved ranger training.
But the technology that is available is not affordable or transferable for protecting elephants and rhinos, said Crawford Allan, World Wildlife Federation senior director.
The rate of poaching is unprecedented, Allan said Oct. 31 at a news conference at the National Press Club. Allan is the author of publications on wildlife trafficking, species conservation and wildlife enforcement.
Technology is more important than ever in meeting the crisis, he said.
Protecting wildlife such as elephants and rhinos has changed dramatically, Allan said. He described poachers as well-armed opponents, militias and terrorists who ”own the night.” By comparison, rangers are “under equipped and under resourced,” with a “frightening job to guard wildlife.” More....