Earlier this month the Zoological Society of London won the £500 000 (around R7.5 million) Global Impact Award from Google to help with its plans to roll out remote camera tracking systems, seismic sensors, and sound triangulation technology to help in the global conservation fight. The seismic sensors can detect vehicles entering restricted locations from vibrations and triangulate the sound of gunshots sending the data to park rangers in real time so that they can pinpoint the location of poachers and intervene immediately.
The second generation cameras which are currently being trialed in the ZSL’s London based zoo use satellites to transmit data and images instead of unreliable cellular networks that the current versions being used in the wild are stuck with. The money from the Google grant will be used to deploy these second generation camera traps in Tsavo National Park in Kenya. The ZSL’s field conservation director, Professor Jonathan Baillie said that the program plans “to cut poaching in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park by 50 per cent” within the next two years.