Elephant Survival Organization (TZ) A Project of E | KBFUS Funds
To contract and deploy UAV anti-poaching surveillance in Tanzania supporting local communities and connecting to global research and promotion opportunities.
Our Fund now totals $50,230 in transfers and donations and $150,000 of conditional commitments. Thanks to all contributors. 40% of our goal!
The Elephant Survival Organization Fund will put into the field the first strategically scaled UAV wildlife surveillance capability in Africa. Elephant Survival Organization and its partner Bathawk Recon have held multiple trials and developed a relationship with security and aviation authorities to launch the Proof of Concept exercise that will last six month and redefine aerial surveillance in the war on poaching.
- ESO will fund the six month Proof of Concept exercise deploying the Big Ground Operational Concept using the Super Bat DA-50
- ESO will monitor the operations collecting data and video content
- Data and performance will be measured against agreed metrics defining success
- Video and reportage will be monetized on line.
The contracting company, Bathawk Recon's Big Ground Concept, will bring together international UAV and Special Forces expertise. This operational capability will fuse institutional relationships, ranger training, liaison, historic and real time intelligence to deter and detect poachers over larger areas than previous UAV surveillance testing.
ESO's roll in paying the bill is crucial to developing community relationships, expanding the scope of research and connecting to the global conservation community. ESO believes that in addition to the technology, those connections are the foundation of an integrated, replicable, scalable solution.
Elephants and Rhinos are at risk for their very existence but wildlife of all types all across the continent are in the cross hairs. This UAV service is leading edge and puts the best technology available outside the military at the disposal of protection authorities. Bathawk will deploy the service to Tarangire National Park. ESO will contract them to do so