06 June 2018

Advanced burglar alarm protects rhinos

This news is redirected and translated by The Secretariat for Development Cooperation at SCIENCE from Verdens Bedste Nyheder.

In a privat owned natural resort a new security alarm system has made it almost impossible for poachers to force an entrance and shoot the valurable rhinos. The system is now spreading across other countries.

Antallet af næsehorn, der bliver dræbt af krybskytter, er faldet til nul i et privatejet reservation for large animals in South Africa. Mellem 2013 og 2015 blev der ellers dræbt 70 næsehorn i området, der ligger op ad den kendte Kruger National Park. Men siden reservatet installerede et avanceret overvågnings- og alarmsystem, er det ifølge National Geographic ikke lykkedes krybskytterne at trænge ind og skyde de sjældne dyr.

The numbers of rhinos killed by poachers has decreased to zero in a privat owned large game reservation in South Africa. From 2013 to 2015, 70 rhinos were killed in the area, which borders to the well known Kruger National Park. But since the reservation has gotten advanced surveillance- and security systems installed, no poachers have according to National  Geographic succeded in forcing an entrance to shoot the rare animals.

The system constists of a combination of sensors, surveillance and heat sensitive cameras able to see in the dark. The equipment is build to resist the crushing heat of and the violent cloudbursts of the savannah. At the same time, all who drive into or out of the park get their fingerprint, passport and registration informations scanned.

Read the full story here (Danish only).

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