20 Sep

Why Secret Wildlife Cameras Might Be a Poacher's Worst Nightmare


Last week, TakePart wildlife blogger, Richard Conniff, spoke with Panthera’s Senior Tiger Program Director, Dr. John Goodrich, to discuss the new, state-of-the-art camera trap technology that Panthera has developed to aggressively combat the poaching of wild tigers – the primary threat facing the fewer than 3,200 individuals that remain across Asia. Read the article, 'Why Secret Wildlife Cameras Might Be a Poacher's Worst Nightmare,' to learn about Panthera's plans to deploy new 'Poachercams' in Sumatra later this year that use cell phone technology to send photos of poachers in real time to park ranger stations.

Article excerpt:

Panthera, the wild cat conservation group, plans to deploy the first cellphone-enabled version of its inexpensive, lightweight camera traps in Sumatra later this year. Anti-poaching patrols are also now being equipped with GPS devices, says tiger specialist John Goodrich, so they can log the location of snares and other poaching threats in the course of their work. The idea is to overlay that map onto a map of areas favored by tigers or other target species, then position the camera traps where the two overlap. The new camera traps can distinguish human intruders and then telephone images back to a park monitoring station within seconds.

Learn more about Panthera’s tiger conservation work through the Tigers Forever program.