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.