Scientists at the University of Twente in the Netherlands are mixing motion sensors with machine learning to create a powerful tool that could help combat wildlife poaching. Motion sensors have already given conservationists the ability to track the whereabouts of endangered … [Read more...] about Motion sensor uses AI to recognize when wildlife is running from poachers
Other than sea turtles with threatened conservation status, other endangered species around the world have also benefitted from diminished human activity during the pandemic. The number of South African rhinos killed by poachers fell by half in the first half of the year as the … [Read more...] about Rhino poaching drops by 50 percent in South Africa thanks to lockdown
Pangolins are thought to be the most trafficked animal in the world, and yet, we know relatively little about them. We know the pangolin, which is the only scaly mammal in the world, has a body covered with razor-sharp, overlapping keratin plates. When attacked, it rolls into an … [Read more...] about Wildlife forensics: Inside the quest to save pangolins from poachers
South Africa’s Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries revealed this week that the number of rhinos poached has fallen for the fifth consecutive year. According to the department, 594 rhinos were poached last year. That's still a painful number to read, but it does … [Read more...] about Rhino poaching numbers fall for fifth consecutive year in South Africa
Despite stronger anti-poaching teams and bans on the trade of rhino horn, this illegal business still continues to this day. In search of a new way to protect endangered rhinos from poaching, scientists have found a way to make a fake rhino horn that looks and feels just like the … [Read more...] about Could fake rhino horns help stop the poaching of endangered rhinos?