Save our rhinos, we have the master plan

We, my husband Andrew and I was chatting last night and came up with a new plan to save our Rhino population and other endangered wildlife.

Not poison the horns, but a tracker device in them and using one drone (it will be one per 2 hour cycle while the others will recharge) per animal. So that in case the horn will be removed by a poacher it will be still be able to track them which hopefully save the animal in the first place from being killed and the anti-poacher units will be able to react quickly as well, as they will be able to monitor the animals on a 24/7 basis.

Sure it will cost some money to do so, but is our heritage to our wildlife worse the money this operation will cost?

We would like to assist in this project as much we could do, as my husband Andrew is a senior programmer and I will be able to help with the monitoring work as the project hopefully will be go ahead.

We many need some donations from some big companies and it would be nice if all off you would come and help us to get this project up and running.

Annette 2014-08-07 03:08:26 PM
a great idea! I wish you every success with it.
Kobus Hattingh 2014-08-07 03:19:05 PM
Maybe approach Bidvest for some donations? Excellent co and you just might come right.
Net Crunchie 2014-08-07 03:25:37 PM
Save the farmers first, they will save the rhinos
Wonder Mthonti 2014-08-07 03:28:10 PM
Great idea indeed. I'll gladly make a donation for the project. I also support Save the Rhino organisation.
ProfAndyZulu 2014-08-07 03:36:32 PM
Nice! I definitely support this plan ;)
New_South_African_Glory 2014-08-07 04:13:33 PM
I do not want to be negative here but I see some testicles but that is not to say they can not be overcome. 1. All Rhinos need to be sedated to fit the tracking devices. Not a small task but some owners might just do it. 2. Tracking devices have a lifespan due to battery life. However there might be better technology or technology with a low ping rate(only reports the position every 30 mins) 3. Drones are illegal. I think some exceptions are being made and they will become legal again with some restrictions. 4. Drones are being used but not close to the numbers you suggest. This said there is a reason for it. I do not know but probably funding. 5. I believe that one can identify movement patterns that indicate stress to trigger a drone flying to a specific animal. 6. Remember a two hour flight time does not mean two hour monitoring time. In the Kruger for instance a drone will need to fly far from launch site to the subject and back. With people plugging in and launching and maintaining these things there will be lots of downtime. 7. Programming these things will require some intelligence to make them autonomous. 8. Bad weather will reduce monitoring. And the list can go on... Get started but keep realistic goals throughout the project that can contribute even if just in small ways. The long term goal to have these things monitor Rhinos 24/7 is just that a long term goal.
Geel Slang 2014-08-07 04:18:24 PM
Huh, I dont undersatnd your plan, how will you know when the horn is removed? Do you constantly monitor the movement of the tracker using the drones? Im obviously missing something here.
Wehr Wulf 2014-08-07 04:56:20 PM
Your plan depends on the animal being killed regardless. The way to go is to stop the killing. Poachers are a dime a dozen. Catch one or two, and three replace them. Not enough manpower and drone capability to monitor thousands of rhino. I commend you for the idea in principle though.
Geraldine Gerber 2014-08-07 05:04:24 PM