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Connected Futures Podcast: Bruce Watson on Saving Rhinos

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The rhinoceros is being hunted to near extinction by poachers, who sell their horns on a thriving black market. But digital technologies can help.

Connected Futures senior writer Kevin Delaney spoke with Bruce Watson of South African tech firm Dimension Data, about a unique program to save these magnificent animals.

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Connected Futures Podcast: Bruce Watson on Saving Rhinos

  1. 1. connectedfuturesmag.com Bruce Watson on How Digital Technologies Are Saving the Rhino Bruce Watson, executive at Dimension Data in South Africa, speaks with Kevin Delaney, senior writer, Connected Futures Podcast
  2. 2. connectedfuturesmag.comconnectedfuturesmag.com The rhinoceros is being hunted to near extinction by poachers, who sell their horns on a thriving black market. But digital technologies can help. ConnectedFuturesMag.com EXECUTIVE INSIGHTS
  3. 3. connectedfuturesmag.com In 2013, there were 1218 rhinos poached in South Africa At that rate, three a day, they would be extinct in South Africa by 2025. In some Asian countries, Rhino horns are thought to be an aphrodisiac and cancer cure. The fact is, they are made of keratin, like fingernails, and heal nothing. ConnectedFuturesMag.com EXECUTIVE INSIGHTS
  4. 4. connectedfuturesmag.com A new, proactive approach puts less stress on the animals The rhinos themselves are no longer fitted with radio collars. Now, thermal cameras and sensors monitor gates and other known infiltration points with CCTV, biometric security, and links to national databases. ConnectedFuturesMag.com EXECUTIVE INSIGHTS
  5. 5. connectedfuturesmag.com Progress Is Being Made In one reserve, 51 rhinos were poached in 2013. That number dropped to 15 (in 2014) and then 10 (in 2015). To date, 2016 has seen only two poached rhinos, and none of the horns were taken. connectedfuturesmag.comConnectedFuturesMag.com EXECUTIVE INSIGHTS
  6. 6. connectedfuturesmag.comconnectedfuturesmag.comConnectedFuturesMag.com EXECUTIVE INSIGHTS “We hope to take it to all African countries and not only protect rhinos, but elephants, lions, and pangolins. Then we will head to Asia and India for the tigers, and to the ocean for the sea rays, the whales, and the sharks.” Bruce Watson, Dimension Data's group executive, Cisco Global Alliance
  7. 7. connectedfuturesmag.comconnectedfuturesmag.comConnectedFuturesMag.com EXECUTIVE INSIGHTS Listen to the entire podcast on Connected Futures http://c-cf.link/?W17P34

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