High Tech Horns: The Latest In The Fight Against Rhino Poaching
Five rhinos in Northern South Africa's Mafikeng Game Reserve just got new gadgets, though they probably don't know it. The North West Park Board has installed GPS chips in the dead section of these rhino's horns, and linked them to a cell phone system. Not so they can make calls, but so they can assist in the fight against rhino poaching.
These chips can be programmed to send out a bunch of different alerts to the game reserve's anti-poaching team. Most noteably, is an alert for when the rhino begins running, or seems to have been sleeping for too long. They can then send out the team, track the rhino and intervene with anyone trying to do them harm. If this new technique proves useful with these five rhinos then there are plans in the works to fit many more in the same fashion.
Rhino poaching is completely out of hand and we applaud the park officials for trying to use this new tech to help turn the tide. We just hope for the rhino's sake that they haven't been locked into a 24 month contract.