Horrific photos of subdued rhinos with their horns amputated by poachers have become a viral phenomenon. Now Google’s philanthropic arm is throwing $5 million to a conservation group for lightweight drones that will patrol the African bush, exposing ivory hunters along the way.
Google’s cash will help the World Wildlife Fund purchase a fleet of tablet-operated “conservation drones,” which will soar through the wilderness and take snapshots of poachers in action. Citing a need for “solutions that are as sophisticated as the threats we face,” the WWF said the drones will help bolster conservation efforts thwarted by the demand for endangered-animal goods.
The investment couldn’t come at a better time: The past year has seen a significant rise in poaching across Africa. In South Africa alone, 588 rhinos have recently been attacked, up from just 13 five years ago.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Self-Made Man
The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.
Does Your Child Have Sluggish Cognitive Tempo? Or Is That Just a Disorder Made Up to Scare You?
Mitt Romney May Be Weighing a 2016 Run. That Would Be a Big Mistake.
Amazing Photos From Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution
Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada. Now, Journalists Can’t Even Say Her Name.
Transparent is the fall’s only great new show.
Lena Dunham, the Book
More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.