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Drones are helping stop poachers in Tanzania – Part 1

BatHawk Recon taking to the skies to stop poachers in Tanzania

We came across a press release last week discussing an upcoming trial being conducted by Bathawk to use drones to stop poachers and protect the local animal population.

This Press release is a notice that the trials will be held 29th April to 3rd May in the Selous Game Reserve at the Mkuyu River Camp. The Selous Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in Africa and famous for its rough terrain and abundant wildlife. The goal of these trials is to determine an operational surveillance plan and a machine that can carry it out. Cutting edge technology is required that can operate day and night, cover significant areas and detect humans and suspicious activity.

The trials are designed to test the French made DT-26 to fit Bathawk Recon’s modular anti-poaching operational proposal. The focus of the trial is on night time Infrared coverage of large areas. Bathawk intends to acquire aircraft with these capabilities to deploy over areas measured in thousands of square kilometers.

We knew we had to reach out and learn more about their efforts to stop poachers.  Thats when we met Idrisa Jaffary, Press Liaison, who was kind enough to share photos, videos, and he even did a video-based interview with Michael Chambers, Director of Strategy, for us.

See the drone taking off in this video.

Here are a few photos from the weekend’s activities.





No elephants or poachers, just drones, but once this moves past the trial phase we’ll get some pictures of them too.

Do you want to donate to their efforts to stop poachers?

Part 2 of this article will include the interview videos with Michael Chambers.  Stop by tomorrow to check that out.


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