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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
Elephant crisis [vtolled, Sep 05 2014]
Any sufficiently advanced technology
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....?
||Why not cover them with bullet-proof blankets?
||A fleet of small airships that look like elephants...
||" Mom, Dad, why can't we fly too ?"
||Use the blimps for tourism, that pays for them and
provides a good deal of protection. Have a big fluffy
||So, we make it even easier for the poachers to find the elephants by broadcasting their position with easily-shot down blimps?
||Elephants have the mass to be excellent gun and
sensor platforms. Attach some long-range auto-
turrets and the possibilitues are highly
||This appears to be happening in some kind of way [link]. Any unregistered, human shaped heat signatures near elephants might regret the mistake.
||I find it difficult to get a consistent poached egg. Elephant poaching would be even more challenging.
||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
||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