"You lose five a year in Namibia. You lose two a day in Kruger," Snitch says. "From a PR point of view, if you cut it poaching by 40 percent in Kruger, you still have hundreds being killed. People like raising funds, and it's easier to raise funds if you can say you've reduced poachings to zero in a year."
Dinerstein does agree that drone use will eventually need to be expanded to other countries where poaching is more of a problem, but says that WWF has a good relationship with the Namibian government and that they "wanted to start in a place where poaching is pretty well under control and a place where we've had good cooperation."
"Right now, this is just a proof of concept," Dinerstein says. "Then we'll move on to other sections."
Snitch, however, is already pressing forward.
Snitch's work in Olifants Nature Reserve impressed government officials at Kruger, and he and his team plan to start doing test flights there in March. They've gotten government poaching data-a huge step in developing a new algorithm for the area on the South Africa-Mozambique border, where much of the poaching occurs. He says by March, he hopes to create an "aerial curtain" along the border that can be run for half a million dollars per year.