Target: CITES-MIKE, the Frankfurt Zoological Society, the North Carolina Zoo, Wildlife Conservation Society, World Wildlife Fund, and the Zoological Society of London
Goal: Applaud organizations for combating illegal international poaching with new software tool
Wildlife conservation organizations, CITES-MIKE, the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS), the North Carolina Zoo (NCZ), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), developed computerized anti-poaching software specifically designed to stop poachers in their tracks and curb the illegal trade of wildlife. This new program known as SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) is free and available to the whole conservation community. Thank these wildlife conservation organizations for making available an important tool that will help stop poaching.
The purpose of SMART is to improve the effectiveness of wildlife law enforcement patrols and conservation activities in heavy poaching areas. SMART combines software, training materials, and implementation standards that provide authorities and community groups with the ability to empower staff and track the effectiveness of anti-poaching efforts. The program will allow rangers on the ground to stop poachers in their tracks. Since traditional anti-poaching methods have not been effectively reducing the illegal killing and trading of endangered species, the introduction of SMART will provide different alternatives.
Many endangered species are threatened by poaching, including tigers, rhinos, elephants, great apes, and marine turtles. These species are often hunted for their tusks, horns, hides, and organs. The loss of these species would upset the balance of the ecosystem. Poaching must end today, and it is hoped that SMART will help wildlife managers to combat illegal poaching. The new tool will help wildlife rangers to get ahead of poachers and protect the planet’s most vulnerable species. Sign the petition below to thank the conservation community for providing a new anti-poaching tool.
Dear FZS, NCZ, WCS, WWF, ZSL, and CITES-MIKE,
I want to commend you for developing new anti-poaching software aimed to combat illegal international poaching of endangered species. The purpose of the new software, SMART, is to improve the effectiveness of wildlife law enforcement patrols and conservation activities in heavy poaching areas. With SMART, wildlife officials will be able to track poachers and reach them before they are able to cause any damage. SMART also provides training materials aimed to empower and motivate staff and community groups.
As you know, currently, there are many endangered species threatened by poaching, including tigers, rhinos, elephants, great apes, and marine turtles. These species are close to extinction, and unfortunately, current anti-poaching methods are not as effective as they could be. With SMART, wildlife rangers and conservationists can help protect our planet’s most vulnerable species. Thank you for providing this free service to conservationists and thank you for fighting against illegal poaching.
[Your Name Here]
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