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LEO Africa Drone Project
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Ended Nov 15, 2016

Good morning/evening!

We are a conservation company called LEO Africa. Located on the Marataba section of Marakele National Park, we help in the conservation of the reserve, through activities such as monitoring of animals, alien plant control and bush clearing. On a daily basis we go out onto the reserve to try and find the animals we are keeping track off (lions, elephants, hyenas and many others) to make sure they are in good health and to be able to identify them for conservation purposes.

With the ever present threat of animal poaching, we are always looking to improve our anti-poaching efforts. As technology advances, so do the techniques they use, making it increasingly difficult to prevent their attempts at poaching our beautiful animals. Because of this, we are looking to purchase a new drone with thermal imaging. This drone will help in many aspects of our daily job. Firstly, we can fly it around at night to detect any suspicious activity. This drone can fly undetected, at a height of 200m, allowing for a clear visual of the animals and any poachers in the vicinity, which would give us plenty of time to mobilise the anti-poaching team to be able to arrest the poachers. Secondly, using the strobe lights on the device, we can ensure that our presence is known on the reserve. An important way of ensuring the safety of our animals is word of mouth. If the poachers know we have the use of a drone available to us at any time, it will significantly decrease the incidence of poaching on our reserve. Lastly, flying helicopters across a reserve is dangerous, as poachers are inclined to shoot at them to bring them down. Seeing as the drone can fly at a height of 200m, it is a far safer way of surveilling our wildlife.

As we offer a free service to the Marataba section of Marakele National Park, we need as much help we can get to obtain this life-saving drone. Any help is greatly appreciated! Please share to spread the word!

Feel free to email us about any questions you might have about this project!

Thank you for considering,

The LEO team

POACHING FACTS

- More than 30 000 key african species are poached for their unique features A YEAR

- Over a million pangolins have been poached in the last 10 years

1 000 rangers are estimated to have been killed in ten years while protecting wildlife

- At least 95% of poachers get away without getting caught 


For more information on the drone we are looking to purchase:

http://www.droneworld.co.za/product/inspire-thermal-ready-to-fly-flir-tau2/

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