Drones to Fight Poaching
Environmental officials in Namibia are working with the World Wildlife Fund to fly drones over the country's national parks to spot poachers and monitor threatened animals, like elephants and rhinos.
A Falcon UAV unpiloted aircraft is bungee-launched in a demonstration in Namibia.
The Falcon drone comes in for landing.
Infrared video collected by a Falcon UAV unpiloted aircraft reveals access roads, patrol vehicles with warm engines and a warm bodied giraffe in pitch black.
Wardens with the Namibian Ministry of Environment & Tourism take turns operating the Falcon UAV during tests in 2013.
Black rhinos are critically endangered in Africa. Poachers hack off the animals' horns, which, in some black markets, sell for more than their weight in gold.
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