02 July 2019


Drones to monitor tiger reserve

By Aspire IAS

Drones to monitor tiger reserve

Theme: E-bird Project:

The Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR) in Uttar Pradesh will soon be under complete drone camera surveillance

E-bird project:

  • The surveillance programme is called e-bird project.
  • A pilot was conducted on International Tiger Day, July 29 2018 where drone cameras were used to monitor rhinos in the rehabilitation area.
  • The e-bird project is a joint initiative of the reserve and Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.
  • They will further help in habitat management, countering man-animal conflicts and checking criminal activities.
  • The e-bird project will help better monitor the area during the monsoon season, when patrolling is severely restricted.
  • The project helps in addressing the major challenge for field staffers over the years. Such as:
  • The rough terrain is interspersed by Mohana, Sharda Rivers
  • Numerous small canals and water bodies
  • The presence of carnivorous animals
  • Waterlogged routes
  • It is the beginning of significant technological intervention in wildlife conservation.