Commercial UAVs are being deployed to watch over India’s wildlife and forestry: This scheme has been organised by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), as they plan to customise a fleet of UAVs to ensure they effectively operate across a range of wildlife habitats.
The UAVs have been called in as a cost effective means of monitoring poaching activities, tracking wildlife movements and counting tiger populations in multiple Indian forests. The WII also recognise that UAVs will be able to achieve these prospective tasks much more efficiently by providing aerial views of areas that humans find hard to access.
Shekhar Kumar Niraj, head of wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC supports the efforts, recognising that UAVs will be a helpful addition for poorly equipped guards on the ground. He added, “It can be particularly useful in monitoring poaching of lesser known species. But drone technology can only detect poaching and so it should be backed by on-ground staff monitoring,”.
Many trials have been conducted to great success in Panna Tiger Reserve and Kaziranga forest. The UAVs can be operational for 40-50 minutes at a time, travelling at 40 km per hour. At which point they are brought back to base to recharge before being sent back out to patrol.
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