The 2014 ‘Living Planet’ report published by the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) estimated that the populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined by a global average of 52% between 1970 and 2010. Whilst pollution and habitat loss play a large part of this, poaching, especially for large mammals, is seen as a primary factor.
With the global tiger population being reduced from 100,000 a century ago to just 3000 today, and over 1000 rhinos being killed on average every year, it is obvious that something must be done to stem the tide of the illegal wildlife trade. Whilst an absolute solution to the problem will be wide ranging, one can at least provide 24/7 monitoring of some of the most vulnerable targets to ensure they have a chance of survival.
How do Thermal Infrared and SpyPoint cameras help?
A thermal camera may be used to monitor wildlife in poor visibility and low light condition. By picking up the infrared heat signature from an animal or anyone who approaches it, the user will be able to view the scene with absolute clarity and intervene quickly if necessary.
SpyPoint cameras operate via movement sensors, after which they can take video and sound recordings or fixed images in both daylight and darkness that may be viewed remotely on a laptop or smartphone (model dependent). They have been primarily used in North America for animal monitoring in the wilderness and we believe that they could be also used for this purpose in a number of environments globally.
Below are just two of the images we have managed to capture using SpyPoint cameras.