‘Aerial drones to be thrown into fight to save Africa’s White Rhinos’

Posted on January 6, 2013

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Yesterday (5th January), a news item was posted on telegraph.co.uk titled ‘Aerial drones to be thrown into fight to save Africa’s White Rhinos’.

‘… They are among the last seven of their kind in the world – and for the past three years, the four northern white rhinos that roam in the shadow of Mount Kenya, Africa’s second-highest mountain, have each had their own round-the-clock armed guard to keep them safe.

As the most highly endangered sub-species of white rhino, they are the most precious of the 110 rhinos of all kinds that live within Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a privately owned reserve where the animals roam over 90,000 acres between flat-topped acacia trees and tall savannah grasses.

But all the animals are under constant threat from poachers who are hunting rhinos across Africa with increasing ferocity for their valuable horns – a fact highlighted last week by the Duke of Cambridge, who has called for urgent action to stop the killing…

Now a new weapon is to be added to the arsenal used to fend off the rhino poachers: remotely-piloted surveillance drones which will track the animals’ whereabouts across the Ol Pejeta reserve, and give rapid warning of unwanted human encroachment, even at night …’

Read the item in full, view images and add your comment online at www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/kenya/9782319/Aerial-drones-to-be-thrown-into-fight-to-save-Africas-White-Rhinos.html

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