Poaching and Poachers: Rob Pickles, Panthera Animals Environment Technology 

Outwitting Poachers with Anti-Poaching AI

By Kate Stone By now, we have all heard about the poaching of endangered animals. A century ago, more than 60,000 tigers roamed the wild. Today, the worldwide wild tiger population has shrunk to around 3,200. Poaching is the number one cause of this dramatic drop in tigers. Humans have pushed tigers close to extinction by killing them for skins, medicine, trophy hunting. Other large animals, including elephants and rhinos, face the same problem. Now, however, artificial intelligence (AI) is ready to curb poaching and protect the animals. Of Rangers…

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Sumatran orangutans Animals 

Forest People: Sumatran Orangutans

By Steven Spence Good news from the jungles of Sumatra: thanks to an extensive survey, biologists now know that more than twice as many orangutans (Malay/Indonesian from orang = person and hutan = forest) live in Sumatra as previously thought. The population estimate from 2004 was 6,600 individuals. The current estimate is 14,600 orangutans.[1] No Jump in Orangutan Population The reason the number went up doesn’t have to do with orangutans multiplying like proverbial rabbits. In fact, biologists state that the numbers have almost certainly declined since 2004. So why…

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