That sophistication has led to an unprecedented increase in poachings in South Africa. In 2007, 13 rhinos were killed in the country. Every year since then, a new record has been set. Last year, the number topped four digits, with 1,002 dying, many of them in Kruger.
Drones offer hope, but so far, conservationists and park rangers across Africa aren't sure what kind of impact they'll have. Even low-end drones can be too expensive for many parks to afford, and most don't believe that drones will be the cure-all for poaching that some have hoped for.
"Over and over we've seen that more ranger booths on the ground is the most important deterrent to poaching," Eric Dinerstein, vice president of the World Wildlife Fund's conservation science program says. "You can have UAVs flying, video cameras going, but if you don't have anyone on the ground to intercept the poachers, it won't matter."
Snitch is more optimistic than most that smart drone use can be a huge poaching deterrent, if not the final answer. He's grown frustrated with big drone companies offering million-dollar drones to small parks that could never afford it and conservationists who want to try setting up stationary camera traps, which he says can be easily stolen, to spy on poachers.