Target: William Kibet Kiprono, Director Kenya Wildlife Service
Goal: Implement the use of an anti-poaching device that will help park officials catch poachers.
Recently, poachers used a poisoned arrow to kill Satao, one of Kenya’s largest African elephants. Satao was 45 years old at the time of death and was famous for his long tusks that almost touched the ground. Satao’s tusks weighed at least 100 pounds, and when he was killed, the tusks were cut from his head, leaving him lying on the ground. Mercy Chepkoech Sigey, a young Kenyan woman, was moved by Satao’s death and decided to develop a device that would be able to notify park officials whenever poachers tried to cross into the parks.
At only 17 years of age, Mercy invented the anti-poaching device because, together with her friends Joyce and Tracy, they saw the need to stop poaching in Kenya. Mercy is against the thriving ivory trade that is still taking place, and is afraid elephants will become extinct in the near future if the business continues.
Many elephants are killed every year for their tusks. In fact, poachers have become a huge problem in most African countries. Mercy Sigey, along with her classmates, received support from a local organization to build a simple sensor that can to detect any movement within a nine-meter radius. Mercy’s innovation involves placing tiny, open-source hardware boards throughout the park. These boards, referred to as arduinos, act as environmental sensors to enable Mercy notify park officials about the presence of poachers or wildfires.
The motion sensors use passive infrared for monitoring animal or human movement in the parks. The passive infrared device is integrated with infrared insulator badges that can enable rangers detect poachers with great ease. Mercy’s device was recognized for its innovation, and she was given the privilege to demonstrate the device at a summit in New York.
Poaching is criminal and irresponsible. Though the Kenyan government has made significant efforts to end poaching, lack of proper technology, reluctance and corruption are still main hurdles. If you would like to support the use of this device, sign this petition.
Dear William Kibet Kiprono,
Kenya’s elephant population has been declining at an alarming rate, and poaching has proven to be a serious challenge. A young Kenyan, Mercy Sigey, invented a device that can go a long way in ensuring that poachers are captured and charged. The device can detect any motion of animals or humans in the park.
Mercy’s device is what the Kenya Wildlife Service needs for the better execution of strategies for capturing poachers. I am urging you to support Mercy’s project to ensure it does not go down the drain. This innovation can become an important step in ensuring the elephants are protected, and incidences like that of Satao become a thing of the past. This important cause can save not only elephants, but all of Kenya’s wildlife.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Paul Mannix