Over the years, GPS has added a number of skills to its resume–tracking packages, people, and pulling up directions. But the people at the World Wildlife Fund are now looking at the GPS as a way to save endangered species.
Wildlife officials would be able to track the movement patterns of animals, thus protecting them from poachers as well as accumulating more knowledge about where to distribute resources. Having inaccurate numbers can cause resources to go to animals that may not have a critical need for supplies. The WWF also believes that having more accurate numbers of animals will amount to enough hard evidence to convince government officials to take a stronger stance on protecting endangered species.
In Nepal’s Chitwan National Park, the Nepalese branch of the WWF have proposed that 40 rhinos and two Royal Bengal Tigers be tracked by GPS. Their GPS will be linked with GIS, the Global Information System. The two systems are called MIST when in use together, short for Management of Information System Technology , and many have hope that it will affect the lives of many endangered animals.
But others feel like a more drastic approach is needed.
Though poaching remains a problem, the level of poaching has not increased in the last several years. If MIST is used successfully, many hope that poaching will be eradicated and all endangered species will be safe, from human hands at least.
(Via Goal Lover)