A grant from Google will allow conservationists in Africa and Asia to employ technology for the protection of endangered species, a wildlife group says.
The World Wildlife Fund says the Google cash will give wildlife rangers in protected areas and local communities new tools such as surveillance drones in the battle against organized and well-armed criminals targeting wildlife.
Small autonomous drones controlled from tablet computers will be able to photograph poachers and track animals via smart radio tags, a WWF release reported Thursday.
The $5 million grant is part of Google's Global Impact Awards, supporting organizations using technology to address global problems.
Increasing demand for wildlife and animal parts, particularly in Asia, offers high profits and is leading to an illegal trade worth $7-$10 billion annually, WWF officials said.
"We face an unprecedented poaching crisis," WWF President Carter Roberts said. "The killings are way up.
"We need solutions that are as sophisticated as the threats we face. [The Google grant] pushes the envelope in the fight against wildlife crime."
Most Popular Stories
- Social Media Campaign Increases Organ Donor Registrations
- Airport Garners Social Media Award
- What Will Happen When Quantitative Easing Ends?
- MillerCoors Taps New Hispanic Ad Agency
- Aetna Leaving California's Individual Health Insurance Market
- Immigration Reform Would Decrease U.S. Budget Deficit
- Calories Count: Starbucks to Post the Numbers on Menu Boards
- Honda Says Sorry About the Lack of Electric Fits
- Tea Party Wants to 'Audit the IRS'
- Patriots' Aaron Hernandez Questioned in Slaying