Wildlife trafficking is often well-organised and efficient, with traffickers exploiting the remoteness of locations and vulnerability of wildlife. While anti-poaching units work hard to ensure the wellbeing of these animals, they can be hard to track and find and too widely dispersed to effectively monitor.
To best protect wildlife from poaching and trafficking, the first port of call is knowing where these animals are. Smart technologies like wearable Smarter Technologies Group’s W360 GPS tracking collars (originally designed to track black rhino) give real-time, accurate locations of subject animals for targeted APU deployment. These readings also provide information around movement, with alerts around undesirable or noteworthy changes. These metrics can be customised according to application, with geofencing capabilities, which is handy depending on the species being monitored.
In fenced reserves, smart technologies can provide enhanced perimeter monitoring and fortify access control and surveillance measures. These measures are important to reduce poaching cases and reduce snaring and bushmeat killings.