Conservation And Law Enforcement Communities

1177 WordsApr 28, 20155 Pages
Ivory trade only becomes harder to stop the longer it continues. While more time passes, newer technologies are being built that make poaching easier and more effective. Thanks to technology such as helicopters, radios, transmitters, night goggles, etc, poachers are able to more easily reach and kill their targets. With highly sophisticated and quickly changing techniques, poachers and illegal traders are able to avoid detection much more easily. However, new technologies have also been built to combat the poachers and illegal traders of ivory. According to an UNEP Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS) report written by Douglas Cress and Zinta Zommers (2014), conservation and law enforcement communities are now adopting cutting-edge military tools and techniques to combat poaching and illegal wildlife trade (p. 1). High tech equipment can increase success of counter-poaching efforts without the need of armies or rangers who risk their lives to protect the elephants. Some of these military tools include acoustic traps, mobile technology, mikrokopters, radio frequency identification tags, encrypted data digital networks camera traps, DNA testing, radio collars, metal scanners, and satellite imagery (Cress and Zommers, 2014, p. 1). There are great advancements being made that allow wildlife rangers and law enforcement communities to fight technology with technology. In their report, Douglas Cress and Zinta Zommers (2014) further explain the different technologies that are
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