“Drones are basically the future of conservation. A drone can do what 50 rangers can do,” said James Hardy, a fourth-generation Kenyan and manager of the Mara North Conservancy. “It’s going to reach a point where drones are on the forefront of poaching. At nighttime we could use it to pick up heat signatures of poachers, maybe a dead elephant if we’re quick enough.”
Poaching is a much of the African continent. In South Africa, home to 90 percent of the world’s rhinos, at least two a day are killed for their horns, which sell for more than gold by weight in China and Vietnam.