Google Namibia Update Script

• Opening scenic shot: 026 (13 sec.)
 Through the potential use of technology to combat poaching of different
wildlife species, WWF’s Wildlife Crime Technology Project has introduced an
innovative approach to conservation that has captivated the interest of
scientists, engineers, industry and the public

• Clips of rhinos from helicopter: 048, 047, 046 (46 sec.)
 WWF chose Namibia as the site to implement phase one of the project. WWF
has partnered with Namibia for more than two decades on a wealth of
projects.
 Namibia is a safe haven in the escalating rhino poaching crisis. Between 2006
and 2012, Namibia only lost five rhinos to poaching compared with South
Africa’s loss of 1,805 rhinos. This is largely attributed to the Ministry of
Environment and Tourism’s, or MET’s, innovative wildlife management
strategies. However, there is increasing concern that Namibia’s rhino
population is at risk.
 WWF researchers traveled to Etosha National Park, a 22,935 square kilometer
national park in Northwestern Namibia to observe the MET’s wildlife
conservation efforts firsthand.

• Clips of rhinos being hit with dart: 061 (13 sec.)
 The MET looks after Namibia’s rhinos through tracking and tagging. A
tracking crew, including several veterinarians, follows rhinos in Etosha on the
ground and in the air. A vet darts the rhino from the air, as the crew on the
ground assembles near it.

• Clip of rhinos on the ground: 063 (30 sec.)
 A vet will check the rhino’s vitals and begin the tagging process. The team
must drill into the rhino’s horn to install the transmitter. While this is
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happening, the rhino’s back will be painted to ensure it is not darted again
and hair and blood samples will be taken for analysis.
 The transmitter is then glued into place in the horn. A vet will determine when
it’s okay to wake the rhino.
 WWF plans on implementing Affordable Animal Trackers to tag rhinos in
Namibia with the Wildlife Crime Technology Project.

• Clips of rhinos being tagged: 055, 068 (30 sec.)
 The Affordable Animal Trackers are designed to be durable, lightweight,
compact and adaptive. Each tracker has an internal antenna and battery all-in-
one casing to bolt on to an existing VHF collar. Each device can also fit a re-
workable polyurethane compound.
 20 of these devices will be deployed during phase two of the Wildlife Crime
Technology Project. WWF and the MET signed a formal agreement to use an
unmanned aerial system integrated with the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting
Tool and Affordable Animal Tracking Devices to preserve Namibia’s rhino
population.

• Clips of UAV technology: 001, 011,017 (1 min.)
 The Wildlife Crime Technology project will use an unmanned aerial system to
track poachers in certain areas.
 The MET currently uses a first-generation SurVoyeur unmanned aerial vehicle,
or UAV, for monitoring. WWF UAV consult, Nir Tennanbaum, traveled to
Namibia to assess this system.
 Based on his assessment, Tennanbaum developed recommendations for
future technological UAV development. Based on his recommendations, WWF
developed a Request for Information and Proposal to send to unmanned
aerial system and monitoring technology developers. WWF received more
than 50 submissions from these developers and is currently reviewing them
for second-generation system development.
 The Wildlife Crime Technology Project’s unmanned aerial system will include
data from the Affordable Animal Trackers and Spatial Monitoring and
Reporting Tool, or SMART.


• Closing scenic shot: 082 (12 sec.)
 For the remainder of the year, WWF
will continue to work with the MET
to implement Affordable Animal Trackers with the SMART database. WWF will
also continue to work with the MET to enhance the quality of the first-
generation SurVoyeur UAVs to ensure Namibia’s rhino population the best
possible protection.

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