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The fight to protect Africa’s wildlife has been boosted dramatically by harnessing technology, reports Emma Gregg.
Air Shepherd. The use of drones fitted with high-resolution infrared cameras has contributed to a dramatic reduction in poaching in the areas it has been deployed.

Technology is changing everything. It’s allowing rangers to anticipate potential problems. Instead of simply reacting to an animal being killed or a colleague getting injured, they can now get ahead of the game.”

Ted Schmitt, business development manager at Paul G Allen Philanthropies, the conservation wing of Seattle-based technology company Vulcan Inc, was speaking at the 2018 Tusk Conservation Lecture at the Royal Geographic Society in London. The timing was poignant. Just a few days earlier, Microsoft co-founder Allen, who created Vulcan, had died at the age of 65.

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