While to the average consumer, Google Glass might seem like another really expensive tech toy; to conservationists working for the World Wildlife Fund Nepal, Google Glass is a highly effective tool used to help protect endangered rhino populations.
Thanks to a grant from Google, the WWF Nepal team has been outfitted with Google Glass that allows the handsfree ability to track, photograph, and take notes on rhino populations. In this video showcase, Sabita Malla demonstrates how the team is using this new technology to bolster conservation efforts, making huge steps toward their ultimate goal of recovering the endangered population.
It appears that the close work of the Nepalese government and WWF is truly paying off. Nepal recently celebrated its second “poach free” year, without a single case of illegal tiger, rhino, or elephant poaching.
Nepal is a shining example of a nation that is dedicated to making the conservation of all wildlife a reality. If we could all collaborate towards a single, noble goal like this, think of all the good that could be done! (And, we’d all have a good excuse to wear Google Glass too.)
Image Source: Malene Thyssen / Wikipedia Commons