With all the crimes against animals happening all over the world, this might make us feel a bit helpless as to what we can do to protect wild animals from poaching and endangerment.
Did you know that many technologies can protect endangered animals against harm? Here are four ways on how technology can help protect animals from endangerment.
DNA Zip Codes Help Scientists Track Shark Origins
Poachers are hunting sharks for their valuable fins. Sharks are the apex predators and among the most important animals of the ocean to keep their ecosystem healthy. They work to pick off the sick and keep their prey high. The more sharks there are, the healthier the ecosystem will be.
However, over eighty million sharks are killed every year due to the demand for shark fin soup and other shark products. Due to the difficulty of tracking where the shark fins came from, scientists figured out how to find their origins by looking at the DNA of the fin’s “zip code.”
DNA barcode on Endangered Species
Placing barcodes on the DNA of animals can help protect them from over-hunting and illegal poaching. This project assigns a barcode to every species to allow a special scanner to read and detect the species they are handling. This will help stall the distribution of endangered species and save more animals.
Currently, nearly 90,000 species have barcodes in over twenty-five countries involved.
Robotic Deer to Catch Poachers
While this technology doesn’t exactly save endangered animals directly, it does catch poachers who are looking for endangered species. This project is aimed at hunters who hunt during offseason. It has also been proven effective as poachers are becoming more cautious. There is also a camera that identifies faces and transmitted to the officers nearby.
Software Saves Zebras through Analyzing
With only 2,500 of zebras left in the world, IBM came up with a software-based solution that collects information to make predictive analytics of where the herbs are located, why poachers hunt them and everything in between.
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