The Dudhwa Tiger Reserve will soon be under complete drone camera surveillance, field director Ramesh Pandey told news agency PTI in Lakhimpur Kheri, today.
Work for the surveillance programme, which is being called e-bird project, has already begun. A pilot operation was conducted on International Tiger Day, July 29, where drone cameras were used to monitor rhinos in the rehabilitation area.
“Within just 30 minutes, we were able to locate and monitor nine rhinos in the rehabilitation area. We managed to keep a close watch on them without being noticed,” Mr Pandey said.
The e-bird project is a joint initiative of DTR and Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun. WII, Dehradun, will provide required number of drone cameras to DTR and also give training to the forest staff, Mr Pandey said.
“Drone cameras will assist the patrolling teams to keep a watch on the movement of tigers, leopards, rhinos, Dudhwa jumbos and