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Elephant Poaching Protection

Airhips to monitor elephants
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Way too many elephants are slaughtered a year for their Ivory

How about drones or airships to monitor elephant herds 24/7

See link

vtolled, Sep 05 2014

Packing phys.org/news/2014-...ional-disaster.html
Elephant crisis [vtolled, Sep 05 2014]

Any sufficiently advanced technology http://www.livescie...ses-for-drones.html
is indistinguishable from terror [4and20, Sep 05 2014]

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       You want to fly a slow, lumbering, flammable gas bag around armed poachers who hate you....?
bs0u0155, Sep 05 2014
  

       Why not cover them with bullet-proof blankets?
4and20, Sep 05 2014
  

       A fleet of small airships that look like elephants...   

       " Mom, Dad, why can't we fly too ?"
normzone, Sep 05 2014
  

       Use the blimps for tourism, that pays for them and provides a good deal of protection. Have a big fluffy bun.
Voice, Sep 05 2014
  

       So, we make it even easier for the poachers to find the elephants by broadcasting their position with easily-shot down blimps?
RayfordSteele, Sep 05 2014
  

       Elephants have the mass to be excellent gun and sensor platforms. Attach some long-range auto- turrets and the possibilitues are highly questionable
sninctown, Sep 05 2014
  

       This appears to be happening in some kind of way [link]. Any unregistered, human shaped heat signatures near elephants might regret the mistake.
4and20, Sep 05 2014
  

       I find it difficult to get a consistent poached egg. Elephant poaching would be even more challenging.
normzone, Sep 05 2014
  

       The trick is to plan ahead, and eat in stages. Trunk, ears and tail first; legs several hours later; liver won't be ready until next day. Most people make the mistake of trying to serve the whole thing at one sitting.
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 05 2014
  

       Elephants range across more than half of Africa, which is <quick wikipedia search> almost 11.5 million square miles. So let's say the elephant range is 7 or 8 million miles. Even the highest-flying airships can observe only a few hundred square miles, and in addition to elephants and the occasional poacher, there are uncountable other animals and many other humans going about perfectly innocent business, and many of those humans carry rifles for legal hunting or defense against animal attack, making them indistinguishable from poachers at a distance.   

       A better plan would be to send small teams of ex-special forces kill teams trailing elephant herds (which is already done, but we need many more of them) and summary execution of anyone dealing in the ivory/animal parts trade.
Alterother, Sep 12 2014
  
      
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