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dc.contributor.authorO’Donoghue, Paul
dc.contributor.authorRutz, Christian
dc.identifier.citationO’Donoghue , P & Rutz , C 2016 , ' Real-time anti-poaching tags could help prevent imminent species extinctions ' , Journal of Applied Ecology , vol. 53 , no. 1 , pp. 5-10 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 178547689
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 520267bb-21e7-4135-a705-6a013d192e65
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84953839364
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-5187-7417/work/60427584
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000368088300002
dc.descriptionThis research was funder by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council - Grant Number: BB/G023913/2.en
dc.description.abstractAt an estimated $7–10 billion annually, the global trade in illegal wildlife parts is comparable in economic value to human trafficking, and the smuggling of weapons and drugs (Wasser et al. 2008; Wyler & Sheikh 2013). Basic economic principles of supply and demand ensure that, as target species become ever rarer, their market value continues to rise, gradually pushing them towards extinction (Courchamp et al. 2006; Nowell 2012a). One particular problem is that anti-poaching rangers often arrive too late at crime scenes to arrest criminals, making poaching a low-risk and high-gains enterprise (Wyler & Sheikh 2013). Here, we identify an opportunity to address this fundamental problem – we propose that cutting-edge tracking technology could be harnessed to implement effective ‘real-time poaching-alert systems’. Animals would be fitted with miniature electronic devices (‘biologgers’) that can detect a poaching event, establish its exact location, and relay data remotely to ground teams. Such systems should considerably increase the chances of successful interception, and thereby, escalate the actual and perceived risks of poaching, establishing a powerful new deterrent. In combination with other mitigation strategies (reviewed below), this innovative approach could lead to a much-needed breakthrough in the increasingly desperate fight against wildlife crime.
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dc.rights© 2015 The Authors. Journal of Applied Ecology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Ecological Society. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en
dc.subjectAnti-poaching measuresen
dc.subjectEnvironmental educationen
dc.subjectIllegal tradeen
dc.subjectWildlife crimeen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.subjectGE Environmental Sciencesen
dc.subjectSDG 4 - Quality Educationen
dc.subjectSDG 5 - Gender Equalityen
dc.subjectSDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growthen
dc.subjectSDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutionsen
dc.titleReal-time anti-poaching tags could help prevent imminent species extinctionsen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolutionen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Biological Diversityen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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