Saturday, March 04, 2017

Now, drones to be used for monitoring tigers

Conservation drones will soon hover over select tiger reserves of the country, marking the beginning of significant technological intervention in wildlife conservation.

Though intended primarily for the monitoring of tiger population in the reserves, the unmanned aircraft would collect and transmit visual data on animal movements, poaching activities and instances of forest fire from inaccessible forest terrains on a real-time basis. The drones could be used for the management of habitats and species.
This technological intervention comes from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun.

Though aerial vehicles, both manned an unmanned, are used in western countries for surveillance, population monitoring of wild animals and crisis management, manned aerial vehicles were occasionally used in India for animal count and forest mapping.

Drones were recently used for conservation programmes in the forests of Assam and Madhya Pradesh. Drones were used in Panna Tiger Reserve

As wildlife populations, especially those of large animals such as rhino, tiger and elephant, move beyond the protected boundaries, advanced sophisticated technological solutions are required for their protection, as many of these animals are targets of poachers, WII researchers noted.
04/03/17 KS Sudhi/The Hindu