Kenya unveils anti-poaching technology

March 26, 2013

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The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and conservationists announced on Monday (March 25th) a new technology that will help rangers and communities fight poaching, Kenya's Daily Nation reported.

The Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) will enable rangers to monitor and assess the efficacy of anti-poaching efforts, said Benson Okita-Ouma, KWS senior scientist attached to the Rhino Programme.

"This vital tool will help the eco-guards on the frontlines of conservation get out ahead of the poachers and protect the most iconic species on our planet," said Barney Long, manager of the World Wildlife Fund's Asian Species Conservation Programme. "Without SMART, the poachers will remain more sophisticated, which we cannot let happen."

Several conservation organisations, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora-Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants, the Frankfurt Zoological Society, the North Carolina Zoo, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London collaborated to develop the software.

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