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Kenya is going to use drones to save endangered animals

Big Brother may have unknowingly given a gift to thousands of endangered species across the globe. Though the move may not be enough to separate the drone from its reputation for spying on people and killing civilians overseas, Kenyan officials are casting the surveillance machine in a more humane light. 

Kenya will be deploying surveillance drones over remote wildlife areas to help track endangered species and, more specifically, their poachers. Quiet overhead drones will give law enforcement a bird’s-eye view of illegal wildlife activity, aiding officers in arresting unlawful hunters. 

The move will help combat an international crime known for its links to gang and terrorist activity. The $19 billion global industry around illegal wildlife products keeps poachers hunting for exotic animal parts, ensuring a high demand and steady work. The drone may soon help stop it. 

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Prince William today joined forces with sporting royalty David Beckham to launch a United For Wildlife Campaign.

The Duke of Cambridge, who is the president of United for Wildlife, launched #WhoseSideAreYouOn, a new campaign which harnesses the power of sport to raise awareness of conservation issues around the world. 

William was joined by David Beckham, who heads a team of high-profile sporting stars backing this campaign to engage young people’s support on social networks to combat the illegal trade in wildlife products.