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ZSL and Handshake co-founder win £500,000 to protect endangered species.

Just some of the species that will be protected by ZSL's project

Just some of the species that will be protected by ZSL’s project

Earlier in the week, we posted about Handshake co-founder Alasdair Davies’ entry into the Google Global Impact Challenge with a team from Zoological Society of London (ZSL).  We are delighted to announce that the team’s project, Digital Eyes and Ears for Wildlife Protection, has been chosen as one of the four winners of £500,000, Chromebooks and technical assistance from Google.

Huge thanks to everyone that voted and shared the voting page on social networks – your contribution will make a big difference to the project, which will use next generation camera traps, equipped with automated sensors, to better protect threatened wildlife. The sensors will be able to instantaneously transmit alerts of gunfire, vehicle movement and human presence.  Why is this so important?  Wildlife crime is one of the largest illegal trades in the world. Rhino poaching alone has increased by over 40% since 2011, posing a real threat to communities and tourism operations that depend on wildlife.

Over two years, ZSL plans to reduce poaching incidents in a threatened Kenyan protected area by 50%, providing greater protection for endangered rhinos, elephants, and more. Ultimately, increased awareness of effective patrols will deter poachers, reduce threats and increase security for local community groups and wildlife rangers.

To find out more about the project and ZSL’s other work, check out https://globalimpactchallenge.withgoogle.com/#/zsl and www.zsl.org.