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WWF Uses Google Money for Drones to Fight Poaching

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Google has given a $5 million grant to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which the organization will implement to curb poaching.

Provided as a donation given as part of Google's Global Impact Awards that totaled $23 million, the WWF said it will implement a sophisticated monitoring technology that will help protect tigers, elephants, and rhinoceroses from being attacked and killed by poaching gangs.

The technology will be based on electronic animal tagging and "remote aerial survey units", signal receivers on the ground as well as guidance software for law enforcement to intercept poachers. Remote aerial surveillance apparently refers to the use of drones - a word the WWF and Google reportedly avoid due its military and negative connotation. The devices will be able to report the location of hunters, calculate the best interception path, as well as ground photography.

The WWF said that the grant enables the organization "to test advanced but easily-replicable technologies and create an overarching system to curb poaching. […] Our goal is to create an efficient, effective network that can be adopted globally."

There was no information how many drones the Google donation would allow the WWF to buy.

 

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    derekullo , December 10, 2012 10:24 PM
    I pictured a senile hulk hogan chasing down poachers ...
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    zulutech , December 10, 2012 11:48 PM
    drwho1Exactly, WWE should fight back and win over their name again.After all who cares about this silly group?On the other hand the World Wide Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Entertainment **current name is lame ** is widely known with fans world wide, while the panda loving ****** will never be as popular as the REAL WWF.


    I think wrestling is stupid. Personally I like the prospect of pandas not going extinct much better.
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  • 20 Hide
    derekullo , December 10, 2012 10:24 PM
    I pictured a senile hulk hogan chasing down poachers ...
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    robochump , December 10, 2012 10:25 PM
    Awesome stuff! GJ Google!
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    madjimms , December 10, 2012 10:34 PM
    WWF is fucking awesome.
  • 5 Hide
    dauntekong , December 10, 2012 10:36 PM
    Great Job Google! Now we can FINALLY stop Apple from having their poachers killing lions and leopards and further animals for their covers.
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    casualcolors , December 10, 2012 10:46 PM
    I really hoped for the Macho Man Wildlife Memorial Fund.
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    A Bad Day , December 10, 2012 10:51 PM
    You have a fancy multimillion dollar tracking system.

    I have dozens of men armed with AK-47s, and a couple of bribed soldiers and government officials.

    Bring it on.
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    SteelCity1981 , December 10, 2012 11:21 PM
    you know as much as the world wild life foundation won their court case with the world wrestling federation everyone is still going to think of the WWF as a wrestling company.
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    drwho1 , December 10, 2012 11:38 PM
    SteelCity1981you know as much as the world wild life foundation won their court case with the world wrestling federation everyone is still going to think of the WWF as a wrestling company.


    Exactly, WWE should fight back and win over their name again.
    After all who cares about this silly group?

    On the other hand the World Wide Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Entertainment **current name is lame ** is widely known with fans world wide, while the panda loving ****** will never be as popular as the REAL WWF.
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    JOSHSKORN , December 10, 2012 11:40 PM
    EVERY time I see the acronym "WWF", I still think of it as the World Wrestling Federation.
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    zulutech , December 10, 2012 11:48 PM
    drwho1Exactly, WWE should fight back and win over their name again.After all who cares about this silly group?On the other hand the World Wide Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Entertainment **current name is lame ** is widely known with fans world wide, while the panda loving ****** will never be as popular as the REAL WWF.


    I think wrestling is stupid. Personally I like the prospect of pandas not going extinct much better.
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    mman74 , December 10, 2012 11:50 PM
    A Bad DayYou have a fancy multimillion dollar tracking system.I have dozens of men armed with AK-47s, and a couple of bribed soldiers and government officials.Bring it on.


    Why bother reinventing the wheel? Google should provide them with Predator drones manned via a customized version of Google Earth (Hey if you can mod it to act as a flight sim, you can mod it to fly a drone).
    What's that you have AK47s? ... but do you have Hellfire missles?
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    longshotthe1st , December 11, 2012 12:17 AM
    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
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    frombehind , December 11, 2012 12:56 AM
    honestly they are approaching this the wrong way... instead of trying to stop it... they should be more focused on to profit from it... surely there are rich people in the world that would pay out the ass to shoot lions and tigers LEGALLY... then just take all the money you generate from that and use it to fund the wild life restoration programs and captive breeding programs.
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    Thunderfox , December 11, 2012 1:03 AM
    To hell with the World Wildlife Fund for forcing the wrestling company to change its name. I don't even like wrestling, but the fact that the World Wildlife Fund would be childish enough to even bother complaining about the name is reason enough to not respect them. It's even more pointless than an Apple lawsuit.
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    Thunderfox , December 11, 2012 1:03 AM
    To hell with the World Wildlife Fund for forcing the wrestling company to change its name. I don't even like wrestling, but the fact that the World Wildlife Fund would be childish enough to even bother complaining about the name is reason enough to not respect them. It's even more pointless than an Apple lawsuit.
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    spentshells , December 11, 2012 2:25 AM
    derekulloI pictured a senile hulk hogan chasing down poachers ...


    damn it so good so fast
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    unksol , December 11, 2012 3:03 AM
    drwho1Exactly, WWE should fight back and win over their name again.After all who cares about this silly group?On the other hand the World Wide Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Entertainment **current name is lame ** is widely known with fans world wide, while the panda loving ****** will never be as popular as the REAL WWF.


    exactly. The immediate negative reaction to WWF is huge. The "WWE" really should pay damages for the mess they caused.

    Every time is see WWF I think "what are those backwards ass, soap opera loving morons doing on scifi. That trash belongs on spike."

    Then I have to remember its the world wildlife fund and they actually do something sort of useful.
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    madjimms , December 11, 2012 3:15 AM
    I get -3 for saying WWF is awesome? Toms Conservative Republican?
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    Benihana , December 11, 2012 4:41 AM
    MadjimmsI get -3 for saying WWF is awesome? Toms Conservative Republican?

    Bumped you to -2. :D 
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    longshotthe1st , December 11, 2012 5:18 AM
    Darn I was hoping a couple people got the nature boy Ric Flair reference.
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