Hobby Drones, Re-Purposed as Peacekeepers, Save Elephants and Protect Communities and Livelihoods | RESOLVE’s Nathan Hahn Tells the Story on PBS
May 1, 2017
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, Tanzania – Today, PBS reported on the success of RESOLVE’s project, with the Tanzanian Wildlife Research Institute and the Mara Elephant Project, using hobby drones to prevent human-wildlife conflict near the Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks in Tanzania.
Check out this link on PBS, or watch the YouTube video below.
Nathan Hahn, a researcher with RESOLVE’s Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions Program, is featured in the PBS story. The research team worked hard to make the case that drones could serve as peacekeepers. “We’ve stressed the importance of data collection throughout this project. There is sometimes a tendency to overstate the power of new technologies, and we wanted to fairly assess the utility of the drones for moving elephants out of crops and other areas. The results are positive and show that UAVs can be an effective, flexible way for wildlife managers to deal with human-elephant conflict.”
We recognized drones as a possible new tool to prevent human-elephant conflict, but realized more testing was required before drones could be proclaimed a safe solution for both wildlife and people. To prove the case we conducted 51 field trials in farmland bordering Tanzania’s Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks, the results of which are summarized in this Oryx paper. The training reports and operating guides can be on the RESOLVE site here.
For more information on our Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions Program @ RESOLVE go here: http://www.resolv.org/site-BiodiversityWildlifeSolutions/ or reach out directly to Nathan Hahn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Stephen D’Esposito, President, RESOLVE