Over the past few years, we have had the opportunity to participate in many projects where our technology was able to make a difference. Most of these campaigns were confidential, but these are some of the highlights we can share with you.
Smart Parks Pilot – Tanzania
In April 2016, our engineer Tim van Dam completed the installation of a new communication and observation system in Mkomazi National Park. This Smart Park system has two goals. Firstly, to increase the security of people and wildlife in the sanctuary and secondly, to optimise the park’s operations. The Smart Park concept has been further developed in conjunction with several organisations such as African Parks and Vulcan. ShadowView continues to support the implementation of Smart Parks in Africa.
ShadowView for Kids – The Netherlands
In conjunction with the Dreamery Foundation and CodeUur we have developed an educational program for primary school kids to teach them how to use technology to protect wildlife. We have even set a world record by engaging over 10,000 children in classrooms around the Netherlands who simultaneously programmed drones to go after a fictive elephant poacher.
National Park Rescue – Malawi
Operational support for the Safe Haven campaign in Liwonde National Park in Malawi.
Tech for Tusks – Kenya
ShadowView partnered with Wildlife Works to improve anti-poaching efforts in the Kasigau wildlife corridor near Tsavo, by introducing several technological solutions such as drones, ground sensors, and forensic investigation kits. ShadowView also provided the local rangers with advanced tracking training. Our progress was filmed and broadcast by Discovery Channel.
Saving Orangutans – Indonesia
This orangutan project was the start of a long-term partnership with International Animal Rescue (IAR). ShadowView has tested various configurations of unmanned aerial systems for a variety of possible long-term conservation missions. This has included deploying drones flying to remote areas to find orangutan habitats and introducing tracking chips which IAR vets subcutaneously inserted in orangutan’s necks, when first released back into the wild.
Project Dragonfleye – South Africa
ShadowView sent four students from the prestigious Technical University of Delft to South Africa to train local rangers to use small multirotor drones with infrared cameras. In just two and a half months, the patrols in wildlife reserves had substantially improved in efficiency and safety.
Anti-poaching patrols – South Africa
ShadowView has provided aerial drone support for anti-poaching operations in South Africa for many years now, and will continue to do so where necessary. In 2014, drone images led to the interception of two rhino poachers in the Greater Kruger Area. This operation was broadcast on national Dutch television.
Elephant protection – Malawi
ShadowView provided the anti-poaching unit in Kasungi, Malawi with drone equipment and training to improve the efficiency of their patrols.
Deer Bow Hunt Monitoring – USA
During the opening of the deer crossbow hunting season in Massaschusetts, our team supported the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in their efforts to track down illegal hunting activities. We successfully monitored the hunt and were able to expose hunters who illegally entered the ground before sunrise.
Monitoring illegal fishing – Italy
ShadowView provided Black Fish with drone-support during their search for illegal driftnet fishing activity along the coast of Sicily. The imagery from our aircrafts enabled the organisation to identify black-listed vessels still operating in Italian ports.