Govt authorizes drones in war against poachers
The Government, through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism has approved the use of drones in Tarangire National Park in a hi-tech battle against poachers.
Covering an area of 2,600 square kilometers, Tarangire National Park in northern Tanzania, is best known for its large herds of elephants that can be seen in groups of several hundred individuals along the main river valley during the early wet season.
An initial six-month deployment of Super Bat DA 50 and the required ground and monitoring equipment at the sixth largest national park in Tanzania, is expected to provide real time information about poaching raids.
The move follows an extensive trial taken place late last year over Mkomazi National Park near the border with Kenya and the results were overwhelming, apparently encouraging the Ministry to expand the scope of the project.
In an exchange of letters with the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism has sanctioned a drone in an antipoaching operation in Tarangire, to start with.
“I would like to inform you that the ministry has authorised the proof of concept to go ahead,” reads a letter to TPSF signed for ministry’s permanent secretary by one Keraryo H.W dated April 21, 2016.
This operation will be carried out by Bathawk Recon, a Tanzanian start-up intending to develop and deploy this technology in countries affected by poaching.