It's been a big week for drones. Jon Stewart had this drone feature on The Daily Show. Bill Moyers warned about drones here. Live Science says drones are going to watch over our highways. Niger has agreed to U.S. drones on its territory. And apparently Germany is getting into the armed drone business.
And then there's this. The Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya is buying drones from an American firm, Unmanned Innovation Inc. , to keep watch on potential poachers of endangered species like black and white rhinos, elephants, leopards, lions and chimpanzees. According to CNN:
Each aerial mission is expected to cover an area of 50 square miles over a 90-minute flight. It will fly three or four times a day, monitoring the locations of the endangered species and transmitting a live stream to a laptop on the ground, providing key information that will enable rangers to reach vulnerable areas and fend off any potential poaching dangers.
The conservancy will use the drones to track the movements of all of its 110 rhinos each day and hope to expand the drone program as well as start using even more technology like unique radio frequency ID tags for each of the rhinos and other endangered animals in the park in the near future.
So, drones: good for the rhinos? Good for the humans? Good for both? Good for neither?