Sierra Club: Surveillance Drones Offer Approach to Curtail Poaching in Africa

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Tina Pirazzi from Air Shepherd, a nonprofit with success in stopping poachers using drone technology, will speak at the Long Beach Sierra Club meeting on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.  The meeting is held at the Environmental Services Bureau, 2929 E Willow St, Long Beach, CA.

Elephant and rhino poaching is a problem and a lucrative business in Africa, as the tusks can be worth up to $75,000 each.  Criminals, including terrorists and organized crime groups, have organized to capture and kill elephants and rhinos for their tusks.  

Air Shepherd uses a supercomputer-based predictive system to pinpoint potential problem areas on a daily basis, then flies the drones over the targeted areas. The drones have infrared cameras and fly mostly at night, watching a large area and providing surveillance information to rangers.

In the last two years, the nonprofit has been successful in stopping poaching missions over South Africa and is planning to expand operations within Africa in the future.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Air Shepherd is a program of the Lindbergh Foundation. More information about Air Shepherd can be found at:

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