Target: Velaphi Abraham Sibiya, Managing Executive of Kruger National Park
Goal: Applaud the decision to implement a gunfire-detecting system in a national park to protect against poachers
Recently, the Kruger National Park in South Africa launched a pilot program to implement the “ShotSpotter,” which is a gunfire-detection system created by a California-based company. The park started implementing these devices to protect the parks’ population of rhinoceros from the dangers of poaching. Rhino poaching is a major issue in South Africa, and new innovations such as the ShotSpotter are necessary to keep the various endangered rhinoceros species from going extinct.
The vast Kruger National Park, which is the size of Israel, is home to numerous species of endangered rhinoceros in the world. The rhinoceros are being poached for their horns at alarming rates. So far this year, more than 700 rhinoceros have been murdered in South Africa, with 450 of those killed in Kruger National Park.
The ShotSpotter was previously used in high-crime areas of urban neighborhoods in the United States to alert the police to weapons fired in residential areas. According to the product’s company, SST Inc., the implementation of the ShotSpotter in Kruger National Park is the first time that the system has been used outside of the urban environment.
The gunfire-detection system works through a location triangulation system. Microphones are hidden in various areas throughout the park, and when a gunshot is fired, the sound is triangulated and the coordinates of the gunshot are relayed to the Kruger operation system within 30 seconds. This enables the park officials to quickly dispatch rangers and helicopters with precision, since the system is able to locate the origin of the gunshot to within ten meters on average.
So far, the ShotSpotter has enabled for the discovery of a number of illegal poaching activities in the park, which has led to arrests of poachers.
Please sign the petition below to applaud the Kruger National Park officials for implementing this gunfire-detection system to save rhinos and arrest rhino poachers. The endangered rhinoceros of South Africa vitally need all the assistance they can get to ensure their survival.
Dear Velaphi Abraham Sibiya,
It was heartening to read about the commitment that Kruger National Park is making to protecting rhinos by implementing the ShotSpotter system. Rhinoceros poaching is a serious issue, especially in South Africa, and the creatures need all the assistance they can get to survive. Although this is a very unfortunate reality, it is fortunate that innovative technology such as this gunfire-detection system is available for use in the park.
Thank you for taking the initiative to have the ShotSpotter system installed in the park. Doing so will certainly continue to help protect the endangered rhinos, and it will decrease the rate of poaching in the park.
[Your Name Here]
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