Connected Conservation: Using Sophisticated Technology to Help Combat Wildlife Extinction
In February 2017 the Department of Environmental Affairs reported a 10.3% reduction in rhino poaching for 2016, compared with statistics from 2015. Though there as been a decline, the stats are still dire: 1 054 rhinos were killed in 2016 in South Africa alone – meaning approximately three rhinos were killed daily. Since January 2017, 529 rhino have been poached. And, according to Save the Rhino, poachers are moving beyond South African boarders, into other African countries who don’t necessarily have the resources to effectively protect wildlife. We interview Grant Bodley, CEO of Dimension Data for the Middle East and Africa, about ‘connected conservation’ and how the use of sophisticated technology helps combat the incursion of poachers and proactively prevent the killing of not only rhino, but other animal species too.