Applaud Use of New Technology to Fight Poaching


Target: Sabita Malla, animal conservationist and researcher

Goal: Thank conservationists for using the technology in google glasses to help end the poaching of endangered rhinos

Nepal’s rhinos and tigers are in a fight for their survival, and although the country is beautiful and scenic, when it comes to their animals it is very vulnerable. Luckily, with the help of new technology, the extinction rates of their animals can be turned around.

Although Google’s latest invention, the “Google glass,” has been getting mixed reviews, in the hands of the World Wildlife Fund it has become a smart instrument for saving the lives of endangered animals. A conservationist researcher named Sabita Malla filmed one of her fieldwork excursions in her home country, Nepal, by using the hands-free device to capture images of rhinos and their footprints, and taking note of their activity and behavior. She says in the video that using Google glass has cut her work time in half. She is also able to communicate with her colleagues right on the device.

Google was able to contribute five million dollars to the World Wildlife Fund in 2012 to help them to come up with innovative methods to preserve the world’s most endangered animals. Thanks to this new technology, Nepal was able to reduce the extinction rate of rhinos and even went a full year without any of them dying. Since then, the team has been working diligently to find more innovative ways to protect the world’s most vulnerable species.

Google glass is essentially a wearable computer within a glass frame-mounted display. Wearers communicate with the Internet through voice commands and since it is a motion-sensitive camera, it is the most accessible means to study animals in the wild. Malla uses the glass to take on the spot pictures and videos of the animals, by using the simple voice command. The best part of glass is that it is hands-free, which takes away the need for pen and paper.

Rhinos were nearly hunted to extinction, but with Google glass conservationists are taking steps to fix that. Please thank the tech-savvy conservationists for using new technology to help out animals in need.


Dear Sabita Malla,

Your fieldwork research on rhinos and tigers in your home country of Nepal is remarkable. Your video shows the amazing work that you have been able to accomplish with the help of Google glass. It is amazing how much new technology can help when it is put into the right hands. The World Wildlife Fund has helped so many animals that have fallen close to the extinction line. The rise of poachers in these countries has risen, but incorporating these type of technologies has helped to reduce that number.

Thank you for all that you are doing for the animals in Nepal. You are making such a difference.


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Photo Credit: Tedeytan via Wikimedia Commons

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