Charity tackles Kenya rhino poachers

22nd May 2013

A charity which runs two leading British zoos is planning to stop rhino and elephant poaching in Kenya.

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) wants to install cameras with automatic sensors in Africa's magnificent Tsavo National Park.

This is a great favourite among holidaymakers on group tours.

Now ZSL hopes to protect species from poachers profiting from the soaring demand for rhino horn and ivory.

The cameras transmit images, detect the vibrations of passing vehicles and triangulate the sound of gunshots to give the precise whereabouts of poachers to rangers, who can instantly intervene.

But to do this, ZSL needs your help.

It is a contender for a £500,000 global Google Impact Award, which would allow high-tech camera traps to be installed.

The society's field conservation director Professor Jonathan Baillie encouraged people to vote for ZSL before the end-of-May deadline.

Success would help it install the life-saving cameras before it is too late.

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