In spite of anti-poaching measures such as patrolling park rangers and safe dehorning, poaching of the threatened white rhino and critically endangered black rhino has risen astronomically. Rhino poaching has increased from 13 animals in 2007 to 1,215 in 2014 in South Africa alone, according to that country's Department of Environmental Affairs.
In a bid to help, a UK-based nonprofit called Protect has developed a system that uses a variety of technologies to track the behaviour of rhinos and immediately send an alert when poachers attack.
Called RAPID (Real-time Anti Poaching Intelligence Device), it combines a satellite GPS collar, heart-rate monitors embedded under the skin of the rhinos and a small camera placed in a hole drilled in the rhino's horn. If a drastic change occurs in the rhino's heart rate -- such as might occur if a rhino were shot -- the camera switches on and an alarm sounds. An anti-poaching team can be dispatched within minutes via truck or helicopter to try to catch the perpetrators, while footage captured may aid the prosecution.
Link 1 (cnet.com)
Link 2 (Website of Protect)
Link 3 (Facebook of Protect)
Link 4 (Twitter of Protect)
Protect RAPID Rhino Cam Footage; anti-poaching device field trials in South Africa:
A Fun Picture from Protect's Facebook page: