How Drones Are Fighting Poaching in South Africa

How Drones Are Fighting Poaching in South Africa

The immense density of the rainforest is one of its more incredible defining characteristics, so this company uses a combination of drones and advanced AI technology to spot poachers and stop them before any animals are harmed.
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If you’ve ever been out in a National Park like the Kruger National Park, there are a lot of lions, there are a lot of leopards. Even although these are highly experienced trackers that understand which way to walk, and where to walk, and how to walk into the wind and not with the wind, it’s still a daunting task for anybody. So typically what happens is we would integrate a drone unit with an anti-poaching unit.

Poachers are creatures of habit. They have entry and exit points into the various parks. So we would then go out probably eight o’clock in the evening and we’d basically stay there right up until sunup the following morning and we would go and plot a grid and we would fly and patrol that grid looking for a possible incursion. If an incursion is detected, the first thing that happens is that the drone is placed into a holding pattern, or a loiter pattern, and we would simply loiter in the radius at an altitude that keeps us working in a stealthy manner. We would have no navigation lights turned on during this process. And we would be watching the activity of the poacher on the ground. And at the same time, the drone team, that consists of a sensor operator and a pilot, would radio in and start giving coordinates to the anti-poaching unit.

The best result is that the poachers are apprehended and are arrested and end up in the court case. And with a bit of luck, they’re prosecuted for doing this. Sometimes, there can be a firefight and the poachers will return fire and there can be a gunfight and there can be fatalities. I mean, that happens. It’s not always like that, but probably 30% of the time, that’s real.

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“African forest elephants have been in trouble for a while, but only now have scientists figured out that more than half of them have died over the past decade. It took hundreds of researchers nine years, walking literally thousands of miles, counting piles of elephant dung as well as elephant carcasses stripped of their ivory tusks, to realize that the majority of the dead had been shot.”


Across the globe, elephants are poached for their tusks, pangolins for their scales, and totoaba fish for their bladders. Tackling the fourth largest crime industry in the world isn’t easy, but biologists, roboticists, detectives and even NASA scientists are getting creative in the hopes of making a difference. In this Seeker series, we’ll investigate true stories of wildlife crime and meet the people who are working to protect the world’s most endangered and persecuted animals.

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  1. MrBebbess on December 24, 2021 at 12:15 pm


  2. walker tanner on December 24, 2021 at 12:18 pm


  3. Pete Buttons on December 24, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    It would be interesting to get involved in a project like this.

  4. Eve Lord on December 24, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    why not introduce a death penalty for poaching instead going through an arrest > court process > jail time/fine > release > poach again and repeat steps….

  5. Chris H on December 24, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    Got to love technology!

  6. manakki molineux on December 24, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    18 poachers have disliked this

  7. KAĞAN NASUHBEYOĞLU on December 24, 2021 at 12:20 pm


  8. N Kos on December 24, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    well done! tech saves the wild

  9. Goat Sinker on December 24, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    Maybe give a thermal imaging camera to the pilot, for when he needs to go out of the ground vehicle to retrieve the drone.

  10. kay-ash on December 24, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    would be better to use predator drones to snipe the poachers quietly and efficiently

  11. Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Blazing on December 24, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    How about you share some of your extra wealth to these people so they won’t feel poaching? I mean western community who has billions of times more wealth than locals of these area

  12. Jose Lozada on December 24, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Agreed 👍😎 awesome protector

  13. Mason Harkness on December 24, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    I wonder if any of these protection organizations or governments have thought about private contractors. I don’t think anybody would bat an eye if some poachers went missing 👀

  14. diezel James on December 24, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    There is a side of me that desires to poach the poacher doing so is against my own will for proposing should happen before you trail the House of Many Wonders that is Heaven. Patience not something wrath endures greatest..

  15. lemane lemso on December 24, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    everyone loves technology until their privacy or live is in danger

  16. Cumulo9 on December 24, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    poachers need to step up their game. wear anti-thermal imaging cloaks. use silencers on rifles. perhaps even their own VTOL drones to spot groups of animals so they can hit them, get the goodies, and get away quickly. im rooting for the poachers 100%. screw the government and the white lefties.

  17. 20 Percent on December 24, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    Drone strike when all the drones refuse to go to work

  18. Tech_ 49FPV on December 24, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    PixHawk aye? So far Ive only used iNav and Matek. Great use of "drones"

  19. Patrick Spreng on December 24, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    I really wish you would not use so much text on the screen. A big part of why I watch so much YouTube is because I suffer from a traumatic brain injury and can only read very slowly. When you rely on so much text, either I have to pause the screen for every paragraph or just ignore what you post and hope that it’s not important.

  20. Justin Davis on December 24, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    Drone strike them

  21. NorthObsidianG on December 24, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    I respect what they’re doing to aid anti poaching teams. Also most of the tusks poached are used for medicine that doesn’t even work.

  22. Bass Fischer on December 24, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Post vulnerable areas as strictly off limits after dark (trespassers will be ASSUMED to be poaching) and protected by live, lethal aircraft fire. Then put some armaments on those drones and light up a few poachers. Word will get around quickly where NOT to pursue protected game.

  23. FreezingInferno on December 24, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Add some weaponry to the drones, bet that’ll stop em

  24. Franco Giobbi Montesanti on December 24, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Allow farming of rhinos, flood the market with rhino horns, and you won´t have an incentive for poaching anymore.

  25. Alone1am on December 24, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Poaching Punishable by law
    Shot on site or to be hung till death when found in the forest poaching.

    And poaching will reduce extensively

  26. Epic Experiment on December 24, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Hunters being hunted

  27. T.J. Penton on December 24, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Mad respect! Please keep up the fight.

  28. Steve on December 24, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    This brilliant thanks for giving them some coverage!

  29. Mike Kirby on December 24, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    how about using a multi rotor drone? like a Dji P4

  30. Marianne Rita van Vliet on December 24, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    Drones is the best way day and night for look in the sky poachers and hurted wildlife animals

  31. Nick on December 24, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    One thing that increased populations of these endangered animals was selective hunting, with the proceeds going to local communities, national parks, education programs, etc. When the local communities had a monetary stake in which more animals equaled more hunts equaled more money, populations increased. While I realize hunting endangered animals is anathema to many, and drones might become a viable option; I look at all options when it comes to preserving these animals for the future.

  32. Bowan Toia on December 24, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    China, people who got rich in one generation want things their parents couldn’t afford from an era that was decades behind other countries.

  33. Alparslan Korkmaz on December 24, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    Nice video.

  34. Frederik on December 24, 2021 at 12:59 pm


  35. Christophe B on December 24, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    what we need to do is invest in artificial in other words for its purpose fake undetectable counterfeit animal products. it wont stop as long as there’s money to be made. Animal products are expensive because their rare but even more so because of the black market which makes it even harder to get. This makes it worthwhile to engage in poaching esp when in a poor country with limited opportunities. Also education, start teaching children that their is no such thing as magic and that these animals dont have healing powers and any meds from an organism can be artificially produced.

  36. David Adams on December 24, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Amazing. Just amazing.

  37. Suabhihba Suraj on December 24, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    Suggest use of solar cells to maximise flight time of the drones; use of sound technology to emit high pitched sounds before landing to drive away animals and poachers alike should warranted but used sparingly; if possible the drones can also be fitted with mini tranquilliser or taser to become party to an armed conflict with poachers

  38. Akhil Subhash on December 24, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    Huge respect to you

  39. Trystan Franziskus on December 24, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    Let’s drone strike the poachers lol

  40. V R on December 24, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    This approach seems okay, but it doesn’t address why there are people who poach elephants and other animals in South Africa and elsewhere; the problem being the probable lack of economic opportunities for people in these countries to pursue.

  41. Carlos Hernandez on December 24, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    If your mind is always focused on protecting false beliefs all you will ever manifest in your reality is anger and fear based emotions…

  42. Mark Honea on December 24, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Poachers are cowards.

  43. Aaron on December 24, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    That whole area should be AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY. ALL OTHERS MUST BE SHOT ON SIGHT.. Honestly it’s the only way these retards will learn, sucks but it’s true

  44. Astovoc Azrro on December 24, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    I really appreciate these series that Seeker is giving us, but honestly videos like this tend to make me depressed. So much meaningless death and destruction…

  45. comfortably numb on December 24, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    Mount a rifle on a drone and deal with the situation.

  46. Pratik Sharma on December 24, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    These videos about how technology is being used to help the nature are really amazing! But they need some click-baity titles.

  47. Timon Martin on December 24, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Awesome project! I would be so happy to be building drones for this cause.

  48. K WD on December 24, 2021 at 1:09 pm


  49. Danny Moves on December 24, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    Now they need to do this in South East Asia and South America!

  50. RavenFyre on December 24, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    This drones need tranquilizer

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