FLIR to Donate $3M in Thermal Imaging Equipment and Support for
Deployment Across Kenya
WILSONVILLE, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 8, 2019--
FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced the Kifaru Rising
Project, a multi-year effort in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund
(WWF) to deploy FLIR thermal imaging technology to help improve wildlife
ranger safety and contribute to their mission to stop illegal wildlife
poaching of rhinos across 10 parks and game reserves in Kenya. Kifaru
Rising includes a pledge by FLIR of more than $3 million in thermal
imaging technology, engineering assistance, and training with the goal
of eliminating rhino poaching in Kenya by 2021.
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FLIR and World Wildlife Fund collaborate on the Kifaru Rising Project, a multi-year effort to deploy FLIR thermal imaging technology to help eliminate rhino poaching in 10 parks in Kenya by 2021. (Graphic: Business Wire)
Kifaru Rising: Ending Rhino Poaching in Kenya
In an expanded collaboration, FLIR and WWF are committing to invest and
deploy thermal imaging technology to protect native animal populations,
ecosystems, and local communities affected by illegal poachers in Kenya.
In Kiswahili, ‘Kifaru’ is the common name for Rhino. Kifaru Rising will
bolster conservation efforts to specifically grow the wild population of
black rhino, who are currently at 5,400, making them one of the world’s
most endangered species. The world’s last male northern white rhino died
in Kenya in 2017.
WWF first deployed FLIR thermal cameras at the Maasai Mara National
Reserve in Kenya in 2016. Poachers often work under cover of darkness,
and FLIR technology produced dramatic results when introduced. In Maasai
Mara alone, rangers from local partner The Mara Conservancy have
apprehended more than 160 poachers utilizing FLIR thermal cameras over
the past two and half years. Thus far, WWF and FLIR have installed FLIR
thermal imaging equipment to the Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru National
Park in Kenya, as well as Kafue National Park in Zambia, among other
locations unnamed for security purposes.
The 10 parks that will deploy FLIR technology in the Kifaru Rising
project include: Lake Nakuru National Park, Solio Game Reserve, Meru
National Park, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Ruma National Park, Nairobi
National Park, Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy, Maasai Mara National
Reserve, and Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks.
To continue this momentum and improve the effectiveness of thermal
technology in eliminating poaching, FLIR and WWF plan to add more
corporate partners that can contribute complementary technology and
outdoor gear for wildlife rangers who patrol millions of acres of
wilderness. Additional technology and gear needed include aerial drones,
batteries, and solar panels, along with conventional gear such as boots,
tents, and raingear.
“Our collaboration with WWF on the Kifaru Rising project signifies the
broadest scale deployment of FLIR technology for wildlife protection
anywhere in the world and represents a vital step to help save these
endangered animals,” said Jim Cannon, President and CEO at FLIR. “Rhino
poaching is a global issue, and funding, activism, and collaboration
amongst governmental and non-governmental organizations must increase.
Without FLIR technology deployed in these parks, rangers are at a
competitive disadvantage. FLIR technology has proven effective with
rangers, and together with WWF, our focus shifts to expanding the use of
the technology and empowering conservation authorities across Kenya to
eliminate poaching activity.”
“We can’t save rhinos if we don’t stop poaching,” said Carter Roberts,
President and CEO of WWF. “The real heroes in this fight are rangers –
men and women who patrol some of the most dangerous wilderness areas on
the planet and put their lives at risk to stop those who are often
better armed and operating in the dead of night. New technologies help
change the game; they give rangers a leg-up in deterring criminals and
protecting themselves on the front lines of this war. FLIR’s commitment
enables us to scale up efforts to end poaching in Kenya and helps us
save more rhinos – and rangers – in the process.”
To learn more about FLIR’s collaboration with WWF and the Kifaru Rising
project, visit www.flir.com/wwf.
About FLIR Systems, Inc.
Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon, FLIR
Systems is a world-leading maker of sensor systems that enhance
perception and heighten awareness, helping to save lives, improve
productivity, and protect the environment. Through its nearly 3,500
employees, FLIR’s vision is to be “The World’s Sixth Sense” by
leveraging thermal imaging and adjacent technologies to provide
innovative, intelligent solutions for security and surveillance,
environmental and condition monitoring, outdoor recreation, machine
vision, navigation, and advanced threat detection. For more information,
please visit www.flir.com and
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