The Fight Against Rhino Poaching Turns a Corner

Kruger 2 Canyon News, 27 September 2013

The funds are coming in, the reserves are forming a united front, and people are coming together to fight for the survival of our rhinos. This is the good news that Vincent Barkas, owner of Protrack Anti Poaching Unit, wants to tell us all, and he has several examples to support it.    

On September 1st, SANParks signed an agreement to pay the salary of 23 environmental monitors, leaving Protrack to pay only for their equipment and training. Most of them will be based at Balule Nature Reserve, where they will reinforce the Black Mambas, the anti-poaching team which was launched there earlier this year. The new monitors will assist with patrolling the area and gathering information, something that the mainly female team of Black Mambas has shown itself to be exceptionally good at. The wardens at Balule are delighted to welcome Protrack to become part of their anti-poaching force.   

Drones Join War on Rhino Poachers

UK Daily Telegraph 28 May 2013

South African national park takes on armed gangs killing wildlife for lucrative 'medicine' trade in the Far East

CIRCLING 600ft above the ground, its thermal camera trained on the scrubland below, the drone silently watches for its target. When a telltale white blur appears on screen, it will drop closer to earth to confirm the identity of its quarry before summoning armed backup.  But this is not the militant strongholds of Afghanistan or Pakistan. It is the African bush and the target is the critically endangered black rhino and those illegally hunting it.