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Startup designs drones to protect endangered animals from poachers

14
Jan
2014

Unfortunately, many of them have been hunted to near-extinction by poachers, which is why a permit to shoot a single black rhino can fetch as much as $350,000. Today, the San Francisco startup Airware announced the results of a successful field trial it ran at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, home to many endangered black and white rhino. Airware partnered with the conservancy to use specialized drones which can monitor huge swaths of land to protect rhinos against poachers. Over the two-week test, Airware used three different drones: two fixed-wing aircraft and one flexible wing.

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