Drone in action for the rainforest

Conservationists have converted a remote-controlled plane into a potent tool for conservation. Using seed funding from the National Geographic Society, The Orangutan Conservancy, and the Denver Zoo, Lian Pin Koh, an ecologist at the University of Zurich, and Serge Wich of the Great Ape Trust have developed a conservation drone equipped with cameras, sensors and GPS. So far they have used the remote-controlled aircraft to to map deforestation, count orangutans and other endangered species, and get a bird's eye view of hard-to-access forest areas in North Sumatra, Indonesia.

Drone in action for the rainforest

Vast areas of Indonesia’s rainforests are being destroyed by logging and conversion to oil palm plantations. In this Southeast Asian country, deforestation has reached alarming levels.

Tue 28 Feb 12 from Phys.org

Remote-controlled plane offers bird's-eye approach to conservation

Conservationists have converted a remote-controlled plane into a potent tool for conservation. Using seed funding from the National Geographic Society, The Orangutan Conservancy, and the Denver ...

Thu 23 Feb 12 from Mongabay.com

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