This story may be far from New Jersey now, but it's likely that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV or "drones") will be playing a part in monitoring species even in NJ in the future.
Drones are being used in Kenya to observe endangered species and the poachers who try to steal them. Each $20,000 drone can fly at up to an hour at a time and utilizes infrared technology to scan the 90,000-acre game reserve. The drones simultaneously record video that is sent directly to researchers on the ground.
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