WILDLIFE DRONE FORCE
Wildlife Drone Force is an Izindlovu Fund Project that was launched in February 2021. Our goal is to use UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) technology to improve wildlife conservation. We are actively investigating and testing different drone technologies to assist conservationists in the field.
Areas of interest are:
- Wildlife census and counting
- Inspection of fences, corridors, etc.
- Anti-poaching assistance
- Seek and rescue
- Inspection of vegetation and water supplies
- Urgent medical or blood deliveries in the field
Our activities include
- Selecting the right equipment for the job
- Testing the equipment and training the people in the field
- Getting data from the field to train and implement Artificial Intelligence
- Delivering solutions for daily use to improve the safety of humans and wildlife
Depending on the application, different types of UAV can be used. This can be manually piloted quadcopters, FPV drones for quickly navigating through the bush or VTOL BVLOS UAV’s that fly autonomous and cover large areas in one flight.
Using object detection artificial intelligence and machine learning, mapped areas can be analysed much faster and more accurate than by human eye.