Monday, October 21, 2013

Spotting stripes

Authorities in Africa are trying to stop the low-tech but effective methods poachers are using to kill elephants for their tusks (CLICK 1ST LINK IN THIS POST). Meanwhile, authorities in India are now battling high-tech poachers who are killing endangered Bengal tigers for their teeth, bones, skin, and sex organs, all of which are highly valued in traditional eastern Asian medicine. In the Panna Tiger Reserve, conservationists attached a GPS tracking collar to one of the tigers in the park last February. The location data is e-mailed to 3 people in charge of watching the tagged tiger. There is evidence that in July, poachers attempted to hack into the e-mail, which would have provided them with the exact location of the tiger – one of only 2,500 left in the wild.

 

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