Technology Being Used Is Camera Traps

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well known technology being used is camera traps. For decades, camera traps have been used to monitor wildlife without endangering the lives of humans, but today highly sophisticated digital cameras are even more helpful because some of the cameras now come with automatic triggers, heat sensing, vibration detection, infrared detection, video feeds, and acoustic elements (Cress and Zommers, 2014). Similarly to camera traps, radio collars that have been used for tracking wildlife has also gone through technological advances in terms of their use with satellite technology. Advancements in the sizes and costs of the collars now allow elephants to be collared. Even something as common as a database is being advanced in the fight to protect…show more content…
The last form of technology that Cress and Zommers (2014) describe is DNA testing. Genetic sequencing can be used to identify wildlife body parts such as ivory tusks. Once identified, it can confirm a sub-species, region of origin, or other useful data. DNA testing is a constantly growing filed that will continue to have uses in the fight to end illegal ivory trading and poaching. With all these different types of technology, there is more hope for scientists and policy makers to be able to not only identify species that are at risk, but to take measures to protect such species from extinction. Even countries that are not as involved in the ivory trade can use technologies to help stop illegal poaching and trading of ivory. For example, in 2014 the United States Government launched the Technology Challenge on Wildlife Trafficking through the USAID (United States Agency for International Development). This is a grant program that is intended to encourage the best and smartest scientists and entrepreneurs to use technological solutions to fight against illegal wildlife trade (Cress and Zommers, 2014). Cress and Zommers (2014) quote from the China Government Network (2013) when they describe how China, who is a country largely involved with ivory trade launched “Skynet Action” in 2013 which is a key component of which to stop the
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