Wednesday, June 1, 2011

ECOLOGY - chips using rhino

Many Asians firmly believe in the virtues of anti-cancer rhinoceros horn, which among other unfortunate consequence of promoting poaching, in Asia and Africa, tells Die Zeit. To fight against the resurgence of the illegal hunting - 333 proven cases of poaching in 2010 alone South Africa - the rhino will now be equipped with an RFID chip and monitored by satellite.

The chip is housed in a small hole dug in the horn of the animal. It sends through a satellite, like a GPS, the exact geographic location of each animal on the cell phone rangers alerted immediately if any of the rhino starts to run suddenly or rest still more than six hours. This device may not be enough to save the rhino's death illegal, but it will at least follow the poachers and the horn track.

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