UAV to Monitor Wildlife Crime in Nepal

Authorities are currently testing their new assets thoroughly

By Tudor Vieru on September 12th, 2012 14:23 GMT

Rhinos, tigers and elephants living in Nepal can breathe a sigh of relief! Authorities in the small Asian nation are currently learning how to operate a fleet of small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), which will be used to monitor wildlife inside two national parks.

The aforementioned species are among the most vulnerable in the world today, and still they are being hunted for a variety of purposes, including for traditional medicine. Nepalese rangers and army personnel will soon be able to keep an eye on the creatures from above.

“Nepal is committed to stopping wildlife crime, which is robbing Nepal of its natural resources, putting the lives of rangers and local communities at risk, and feeding into global criminal networks,” says the director of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, General Krishna Acharya.

The new UAV training program was organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which is dedicated to actively fighting for the survival of the world's most threatened species.
Nepalese army man operating a UAV as part of the new training program organized by the WWF
   Nepalese army man operating a UAV as part of the new training program organized by the WWF
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