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Sun May 12, 2019, 03:59 PM

Some encouraging anti-poaching news!

(copied from The Elephant Sanctuary newsletter)

In early February, The Sanctuary hosted AfricaASAP, a non-profit organization with a mission to stop the poaching of African elephants and other vulnerable species with near-continuous aerial surveillance of the protected areas where they live. The group flew an airplane 6500 feet above The Elephant Sanctuary to test how FLIR Systems aerial surveillance equipment can track elephant herds over vast areas, patrol park boundaries, and locate and stop poaching incursions.

During the fly-over, the crew utilized FLIR equipment to track moving vehicles, spot a controlled campfire, and observe Shirley and the other elephants as they traveled through their Sanctuary habitats - simulating real-life scenarios AfricaASAP may encounter in Africa.

Once the project is fully-funded, AfricaASAP will deploy the first airship-based wildlife surveillance system in a national park in Africa. For the first time, park rangers will have a near constant "eye in the sky" above the park they are charged with protecting. Patrolling tens of thousands of square miles every day, the airship will send real-time HD video data to a ground station for monitoring. Based on the information received, Rapid Response Teams can be deployed to protect elephants and other wildlife being hunted by poachers.

Hooray! Some good news for a change!!

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Coventina May 2019 OP
Takket May 2019 #1
dixiegrrrrl May 2019 #9
dameatball May 2019 #2
wendyb-NC May 2019 #3
emmaverybo May 2019 #4
Ramsey Barner May 2019 #5
Coventina May 2019 #10
MoonRiver May 2019 #6
Ferrets are Cool May 2019 #7
yortsed snacilbuper May 2019 #8

Response to Coventina (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 04:01 PM

1. nice!

hope it works.

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Response to Takket (Reply #1)

Sun May 12, 2019, 06:15 PM

9. My concern is if the good guys get to the bad guys before they kill an elephant.


And hopefully the airplane/drone, whatever, is too high to be shot down.

good to know that technology is available to help, tho.

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 04:02 PM

2. Every positive step is good to hear about. Thanks for posting.

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 04:12 PM

3. Thank you for posting.

Heartening to hear some positive developments about endangered species, which are threatened on so many fronts in their dwindling habitats, already.

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 04:19 PM

4. Thank you for this good news! It throws up a light in the dark tunnel where global animal welfare

and rights resides. Not for lack of industry or care on the part of activists and their supporters, but just that the threat to animal life, the cruelty, is so pervasive.

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Response to Ramsey Barner (Reply #5)

Sun May 12, 2019, 06:39 PM

10. Thanks, I was copying from my hard-copy newsletter.

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 04:33 PM

6. YAY!!!

K&R

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 04:56 PM

7. There should be satellites dedicated to this project...

divert some of the funds meant for killing people to save wildlife. Yeah, I live in a fantasy world.

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Response to Coventina (Original post)

Sun May 12, 2019, 05:36 PM

8. Now if we can get rid of aholes like trump junior.

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