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Horn cameras for protection

 The Times of India, Pune, 21st July, 2015


It's been called a game-changer in the fight against rhino poaching. The fast remaining rhinos on Earth could be fitted with spy cameras in their horns and heart monitors to help catch poachers. With a rhino killed every six hours in Africa, it is feared the animal could be hunted to extinction by 2035, but a British made system called Rapid Real-time Anti-Poaching Intelligence Device could make all the difference.


The system includes a camera, a heart rate  monitor linked to an alarm and a satellite-tracking device to enable the authorities to scramble a helicopter as soon as a rhino is killed.


The camera in the animal's horn would then be used to provide evidence against the poachers. it is hoped the system, which could also be adapted to fit animals like elephants and tigers, will be tried in South Africa by early next year. There are about 25,000 rhinos in the wild in the world, with 80% of the population in South Africa. An estimated 1,000 rhinos are killed each year a slaughter fuelled by demand for their horn, which is used in traditional Chinese medicine.