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December 6 2012

Google cash buys drones to watch endangered species


Drones could soon be helping protect rhinos, tigers and elephants in Africa and Asia, thanks to cash from Google.

Controlled via a tablet computer, the small autonomous aircraft will photograph poachers and track animals via smart radio tags.

The World Wildlife Fund added the $5m (£3.1m) grant would also fund software that could map where poachers strike.

And it was developing a mobile DNA sampling kit to match body parts with animals.

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