Simple Sensor to fight Elephant poaching by Kenyan Teenager

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Mercy Sigey @ the Social Good Summit 2014 (http://iq.intel.com/mashable-2030now-is-technology-a-paradox-for-social-good/)

 

Using Arduinos for wildlife conservation, Mercy Sigey and her classmates built a simple motion detector that notifies rangers when poachers enter reserves. She was driven to act by the death of Satao, the world’s largest elephant in May this year. Watch her talk at the United Nations Foundation and Mashable Social Good Summit last month: http://new.livestream.com/Mashable/English2014 (Scroll down to the video titled “Innovators in Action: How Youth are Changing the World”)

Satao (from http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2014/06/15/world-famous-elephant-satao-killed-by-poachers-in-kenya/)
Satao (from http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2014/06/15/world-famous-elephant-satao-killed-by-poachers-in-kenya/)

New and cheap technology alone will not save our wildlife. On June 5th, more than 200 tusks were seized in Mombasa but given the connection of the poaching gangs to the ruling elite, there are fears that those responsible will escape prosecution.  To read more: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/africa-wild/2014/jun/06/kenya-at-crossroads-time-to-root-out-wildlife-crime-elites

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