Tuesday, February 16, 2010

High-tech gadgets to be used for tracking lions at Gir.


Parag Dave

Ahmedabad, Feb 15 (PTI) Gujarat government is procuring high-tech gadgets like GPS, automated sensor grid and night vision devices to track lions and keep poachers at bay at the Gir National Park.

Poaching of eight lions in April 2007 in the Gir had sent shock waves across the state following which the state government formed a task force to suggest ways to protect the Asiatic lions in their last abode, whose number as per the last survey was 359.

"Based on the recommendations of the task force, we are in the process of introducing these high-tech gadgets in the Gir forest for lion conservation," Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), Pradeep Khanna told PTI.

"We have identified technology partners for development of communication systems based on GPS," Khanna said.

The task force, which was also headed by Khanna, had proposed integrated solution to incorporate modern technology for enhancing conservation efficiency, he said.
Source: http://www.ptinews.com/news/517808_High-tech-gadgets-to-be-used-for-tracking-lions-at-Gir

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