Throughout the world, wildlife parks and sanctuaries are suffering an extreme loss of animal species and biodiversity due to organised, large-scale poaching.
Animals are brutally slaughtered for their horns, tusks, bones or organs for the purpose of believed medicinal qualities, jewelry and decor, or inhumanely trafficked to become exotic pets. Unfortunately, as a species’ numbers deplete, the value and demand on the black market grows, making it increasingly necessary to protect these animals. Poachers have growing access to advanced weaponry and resources through mass funding from the black market and association with local militia and rebel groups, a challenge that puts both the wildlife and the rangers protecting them at risk.
Not only do these sanctuaries serve to protect their wildlife and ecology, but they rely on their animal populations for tourist-driven revenue. With some parks and sanctuaries spreading across thousands of acres, limited manpower, and resources to surveille and protect animals poses a growing challenge. Now more than ever, anti-poaching efforts need to stay one step ahead using technological advancement to protect the world’s species on the edge of extinction.
Illicit poaching and trafficking of wildlife continue to thwart conservation efforts, with nearly 7,000 species of animals and plants reported in illegal trade involving 120 countries. (UN, 2020)
Of the 8,300 animal breeds known, 8% are extinct and 22% are at risk of extinction. (UN, 2020)
Across Africa, between 2009-2016, nearly 600 rangers were gunned down by poachers whilst in the line of duty (National Geographic, 2019)
Wildlife poaching is second only to habitat destruction in overall threats against the survival of the world’s most threatened species (WWF, 2020)
What we are doing
In partnership with Archangel Imaging, we’re using Artificial Intelligence-powered covert cameras to safely protect wildlife from poachers in national parks around the globe.
This innovative technology identifies poachers, triggering a semi-real time response mechanism to alert local authorities. Cameras are battery-powered, all-weather-proof, and last over a month without battery replacement, allowing them to operate in very remote areas, keep watchful eyes on our wildlife, 24/7.
What it Addresses
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 15: Life on Land
15.5 Take urgent and significant action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity and, by 2020, protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species
15.7 Take urgent action to end poaching and trafficking of protected species of flora and fauna and address both demand and supply of illegal wildlife products
15.C Enhance global support for efforts to combat poaching and trafficking of protected species, including by increasing the capacity of local communities to pursue sustainable livelihood opportunities.
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