Looking down on poachers

Poaching (= to take wild animals or fish illegally) is a major problem throughout the world, but particularly in countries in Africa and Asia. Air Shepherd is a high-tech combination of airborne drones (= unmanned aircraft that are controlled by an operator on the ground) and artificial intelligence (AI) that conservationists are using to find and stop poachers.


Listen to and watch (read the subtitles) the video and answer the question:

  • In what part of the world is 'Air Shepherd' operating?

Read the seven questions and identify keywords and synonyms to help you keep track while you are listening and watching the video.

Watch the video again and take notes to answer the following questions.

  1. In 2015, which animal was most at risk from poaching?

  2. Who operate the drones?

  3. At what time of the day does most poaching occur in SA?

  4. Who receives the information about the location of the poachers?

  5. What is the reason some poachers have not been arrested?

  6. What does Heathe Sohl say rangers should treat a poaching situation as?

When you are ready, enter your answers in the sheet below.


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