Much new developmental work has been going into the different uses of drones in the past decade or so. One of these uses is going to become, and in some regions already has, polluters and poachers new worst enemy. Conservation drones are emerging as highly valued tools used by many different types of conservationist. These drones are being used for everything from helping monitor protected areas, collecting data in inaccessible regions, and even deterring poachers. Not only are these drones becoming useful tools for the helping persevere animals safety, they are also useful tools for preserving researchers safety. In conflict zones or areas commonly visited by poachers, such as Nepal or parts of India, poachers are typically armed. If conservation researchers were working in these areas their lives would be in constant risk. By having drones collect the data, the researchers avoid many of these risks. (http://e360.yale.edu/feature/interview_lian_pin_koh_how_drones_are_emerging_as_valuable_conservation_tool)
Other conservation efforts drones have aided in include: helped to protect endangered species like the Orangutans and Rhinos, locating poachers and ivory hunters, tracking illegal logging and deforestation activities, zoning in on unsustainable plantations and mapping glacial melting in the Arctic. The pros of using drones in conservation are vast, but some of the best attributes of drones influencing their growing demand for conservation use is their flexibility, instant feedback of data, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and their discreteness.The vast use of drones for conservation efforts will hopefully someday greatly improve our world’s natural environments. (https://www.sensefly.com/applications/environmental-protection.html)
A drone organization has formed that is specifically designated to conservation and protection of many of our natural habitats. The group is called conservation drones (http://conservationdrones.org/our-story/) and they are expanding very rapidly. They have been doing conservation projects on everything from logging, monitoring wildlife and patrolling for poachers. In August 2013, ConservationDrones.org formally became a nonprofit under the sponsorship of Mongabay Organization Corp, a U.S.-based 501(c) established in 2011. Some members of the team include Simon Wunderlin, Brenden Duffy and Keeyen Pang.
Gammon, C. 2014. How Drones Are Emerging As Valuable Conservation Tool. Environment 360 Web. Accessed March 4, 2016 at http://e360.yale.edu/feature/interview_lian_pin_koh_how_drones_are_emerging_as_valuable_conservation_tool/2795/