Google drones: out of the cloud to track poachers
Friday, December 07, 2012 12:17 PM
Google Inc.-funded drones will fight rhinoceros poachers in Africa. Google announced a $5 million grant to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to purchase a fleet of drone aircraft in Africa, FastCompany reported. The WWF already uses trackers in Nepal to protect endangered species. The grant is part of Google's Global Impact Award program and will help the WWF acquire an undisclosed number of lightweight "conservation drones," which are launched by hand and can fly approximately 18 miles. According to Mother Jones' Dana Liebelson, the WWF will use the drones to track African ivory poachers, FastCompany said.