Published on : Sunday, June 25, 2017
Human population growth, human encroachment into wild environments, and a general friction between human and beast is ruining populations of giraffes, big cats and almost every other species. Poaching is a huge concern. WWF monitors this closely, with onerous, labour-intensive tracking in remote parts of Asia.
However, with modern technology, things are much easier now. GPS collars, for example, could help in tracking patterns of behavior, eating areas, and ultimately, populations of tigers. Drones, too, can help as they can be relatively quiet investigators in the depths of the jungle.
But in spite of all these efforts, there lies the dangers of destruction. These wonderful tracking mechanisms are also making crafty poachers come out with even easier kills. The researchers found startling examples of just how messed up the whole process is around the world. In India, attempts were made to hack GPS collar information from endangered Bengal tigers in a case of ‘cyber poaching’. Things haven’t got any better for many large, wild animals. Giraffes, in particular, are in trouble.
“The biggest threats to the animals are rapid human population growth and the influx of herders, along with refugees fleeing regional conflicts,” according to Science. “In the refugee camps bordering Kenya and Somalia, for instance, bush meat, including giraffes, is an important source of food for half a million destitute people.”
Tags: wild animals