Use of UAV's

Rhino Anti-Poaching and the Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

SPOTS utilizes the latest technology in the form of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's) to assist with its conservation wildlife management and it includes anti poaching management, animal tracking, biomass management, wildlife census, burn assessment and capture cage monitoring.SPOTS have played a leading role in bringing innovative technological solutions to the world of conservation.Through our investigations and evaluations, we have had the opportunity to view many other UAV initiatives, and the path has directed us to our own South African developed solution: a lightweight UAV that can perform the job of a virtual game-ranger in the sky, meets with our unique operating conditions and provides the flight, imaging and communications characteristics.


In the context of anti-rhino poaching, the need for such a tool is particularly relevant.Aeroplane and helicopter patrols are extremely expensive to run, and easily heard and spotted.The noise factor compromises the stealth factor and thereby eliminating the element of surprise.There are increased risks to pilot and crew during night flights (see article: South Africa helicopter crah kills five in Kruger Park), but this is prime time for identifying poaching activity.

Air Ranger Specs:
Wingspan: 2.4 m 
Length: 1.2 m 
Weight: ± 5 kg
Propulsion: Electric motor
Telemetry Range: >20 km 
Flight endurance: >60 minutes carrying mission payload 
Live video feed  
All photos and video is geo-referenced 
HD video also recorded onboard as well as live streamed   
Thermal imaging is live streamed 
High resolution still photos