Lumberton NJ | Jan 28 2020
The Rare Species Fund (RSF) hand-delivered three EVO Rugged drone kits to rangers from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) in Kampala last week. The UWA is the governmental agency responsible for maintaining and patrolling the national parks of Uganda, which is home to many endangered and threatened species, including elephants, rhinos, chimpanzees, and the very rare mountain gorillas. Poaching remains the largest threat to the conservation of much of Uganda’s wildlife. The RSF provided UWA with its first ever drone in 2017.
This drone has been successfully used to monitor five of Uganda’s national parks, including Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a mountainous and thickly vegetated region in southwestern Uganda. Using advanced drone technology allows rangers to quickly and remotely look for signs of human activity in order to know where to best focus patrols. The ability to fly a drone to the top of adjacent mountains means that in minutes, rangers can accomplish surveillance in areas that previously took hours to reach. This has increased the overall effectiveness of anti-poaching efforts and is making the national parks safer for native wildlife.
Due to the effectiveness of drone assisted patrols, UWA requested three additional drones to allow more monthly flight time in each of its parks. Influential Drones and Autel Robotics were able to provide three EVO Rugged drone kits for anti-poaching use. The EVO drone is well suited for use by rangers in this capacity. Due to its portable size, rangers can carry drones on patrols, allowing them to monitor areas of the parks that were previously difficult to access. The Rugged Bundle is nearly bullet proof and is a “must have” in the harsh environments of central African jungles. Due to the successful usage of the first drone provided to UWA, we are excited about conservation potential of the three new Autel EVO drones and look forward to their use in field.
Read more about the drone delivery HERE.
About Influential Drones, is a NJ-based aviation company that operates out of an airport, providing all-inclusive services globally. Offerings include aerial services, training, equipment sales and aviation outreach support. Influential Drones primarily offers manned and unmanned aircraft instruction to public safety groups and private corporations having a need for a safe flight program within their organization. The business has federal airspace waivers to fly unmanned drones at night 107.29 and over people 107.39. The company is the only drone company named by the FAA as an “Industry Member” of their FAASTeam (FAA Safety Team) on a national level. For more information, please visit: www.influentialdrones.com or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/influentialdronesllc/
Autel Robotics USA, is an emerging technology company based in Bothell, Washington. Specializing in the development & sale of aerial photography devices, such as drones. The company’s selection of quadcopters and flying/remote control GoPro camera systems provide superior aerial imaging, filming and photography solutions to users with a multitude of application needs. Autel Robotics is dedicated to providing users with the best possible experience, they maintain an operational customer call center seven days-a-week Autel product support. For more information, please visit: www.auteldrones.com or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/autelrobotics/
Rare Species Fund, is a non-profit organization headquartered in South Carolina. Established to provide funding to critical on the ground international wildlife conservation programs. The organization consists of 25 advocates, scientists and conservationists that live with and care for wildlife. The Fund receives it financing base through a percentage of revenues taken in by T.I.G.E.R.S, the generosity of donations from exhibit guests, and the general public. For more information, please visit: www.rarespecies.org or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/RareSpeciesFund/