What if technology could help us stop poaching before it happened?
All of us concerned about the devastating number of elephants killed for ivory celebrate when a major wildlife trafficker is arrested like Emile N'Bouke, a West African ivory kingpin who has captured last year. It is estimated that he was responsible from some 10,000 elephant deaths. Prosecuting him to the full extent of the law is critical to deterring elephant poaching.
But we do not want to wait to seize criminals with ivory after the elephants are gone. There must be a way to identify and capture the criminals before they kill elephants.
Conservationists, military personnel, and techies are actually collaborating on drone use, satellite imagery, and complex analytical modeling to make this idea - once only in the realm of science fiction - a reality.
On March 16, H.E. Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary, Kenya Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources announced a unique partnership between Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and IFAW designed to protect elephants by stopping poaching before it happens. Read more about it in our press release.