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"Working together - to succeed together"

Dr. Nir Tenenbaum

We must share knowledge.

It is my personal belief that information must be openly shared in order to lead

positive changes in the world.

In this section, I provide publicized information that can help anyone, from a small conservancy leader, to an international NGO, an environment minister and donors.  

Articles range from introductions to technologies such as drones, radars and aerostats, to articles providing guidance before you even begin.


Into The Wild
In an attempt to boost levels of wildlife protection and combat the devastating effects of poaching, conservationists are calling for new methods. Nir Tenenbaum outlines how UAVs can play a vital role in future efforts
Demystifying Drones: UAS’s in Wildlife Anti-Poaching Efforts

No piece of conservation hardware has received more attention in the media than drones, a.k.a. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), yet there is disagreement about their applicability to various conservation applications. The use of drones for enhancing anti-poaching is perhaps the most controversial application, with little empirical data to back some of the media claims and hopeful speculation.

In defense of wildlife: the realities of using drones for anti-poaching
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), a.k.a. drones, are used increasingly in many aspects of forest and wildlife conservation.

  • Dr. Nir Tenenbaum highlights the differences in UAV capabilities recommended for general conservation versus anti-poaching missions and the difference between preventing and responding to poaching events.

  • Deploying UAVs for anti-poaching relies on trained on-the-ground ranger teams.

Using drones for anti-poaching: first, know your mission

On the week of October 9th 2015, a 10-man ranger patrol team was ambushed by wildlife poachers equipped with heavy artillery as they searched for an elephant tracking collar in Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of the unit escaped, but four men were killed in the attack, bringing the ranger death toll in Garamba to eight just this year. As similar stories play out across Africa, it’s easy to see why reserve managers have turned to military technology, including drones, to combat poaching of high-value wildlife.

Using drones for wildlife anti-poaching efforts: questions to ask a UAS group
  • A drone is a potentially valuable part of a reserve manager’s toolkit, but its use entails a variety of costs beyond the “bird” that flies overhead

  • Your group’s mission should determine which type and model is best suited for a given deployment. In this series, we’ve reduced the possible anti-poaching missions into two broad categories: prevention and response

  • • The UAS endurance and equipment required to detect poachers and prevent them from finding their targets is often military-grade and cost-prohibitive.

A Beginner’s Guide to Aerostats
  • Aerostats—helium-filled, payload-carrying balloons—can provide an aerial 24/7 surveillance and communications with increasing reliability, safety, size and carrying capacity.

  • Size (and quality) matters: larger and higher quality aerostats can withstand rougher conditions, are safer and more durable, and carry larger, more advanced payloads, ranging from communications sensors, to daytime and nighttime cameras, radars, and othe

  • Teams assessing the cost of operating an aerostat system, whether free-moving or tethered, must consider longer-term needs, including the required training for both aerostat and payload, number of technical teams, initial deployment process, routine logis

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