The Shadow View Foundation has started a partnership with The Internet of Life and African Parks to provide Akagera National Park with an advanced sensor solution. This project is based on our proof of concept for installing a new communication and observation system in Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania to improve the security and park operations.
In addition to tracking wildlife for traditional research and conservation purposes, the remote monitoring of wildlife is important to ensure the security of different animal species.
It is our goal to help large African game parks to mitigate the risk of poaching of large groups of endangered mammals such as elephants and rhinoceros. The increasing number of poached animals demonstrates the scale and severity of this problem. In 2007, there were 13 recorded poaching incidents in South African game parks. In 2014, this number reached a staggering 1215! If the poaching continues at this rate, wild rhinos will become extinct within the next decade. Furthermore, poachers have found ways to intercept the signal of traditional tracking devices currently in place, which adds an additional risk to the protection of endangered animals.
Park Management is not only responsible for the direct protection of wildlife, but also for operations and the maintenance of the park’s infrastructure. Roads, gates, cars, water, fuel tanks, buildings need to be kept good condition at all times. In large and remote areas like the Akagera National Park, managing these assets is challenging. Having access to more real-time information about the position and condition of these assets will improve operational planning, capacity management of staff resources and the safety of Park visitors.