At current poaching rates, elephants and rhinos will go extinct in our lifetime. The black rhino population alone has decreased 97.6% since 1960. Poaching is utterly ravaging the elephant and rhino populations of sub-Saharan Africa. Up to 40,000 African elephants were killed last year alone.
Animals roam across huge distances and are hard to monitor
Data is messy and unstructured, making it difficult to extract insights
Human error and poacher infiltration issues corrupt the information being utilized
Across the vast sub-Saharan African savannah, elephants and rhinos roam at will, constantly vulnerable to poachers.
Those who protect these animals scramble to monitor their paths at all hours of the day, holed up in vans to analyze drone footage and document sightings on paper reports.
Trends and findings need to be tracked in a clean, structured way to allow them to be communicated from shift to shift and shared between organizations. The sharing of updated animal location information in real time would help rangers save more animals.
Uptake is building a suite of tools that combine this data with cutting-edge predictive analytics to generate insights, such as animal activity patterns. Combined with weather and trend data, this knowledge helps organizations plan better patrol routes for rangers and drones.
A single, simple open data standard for poaching and animal location information will facilitate better inter-agency data sharing.
A planning function supported by our predictive analytics can create better drone flight paths to monitor animal and poaching activities.
Our tool will be able to ingest video data and perform auto-classifications of humans and animals to enable rangers to catch poaches in real time.
End of 2017 Goals