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Beating poachers - with mathematics

Beating poachers - with mathematics

Media issued by the University of Queensland

Environmental scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) at The University of Queensland have developed a new, low-cost way to save rare animals and plants from poachers and plunderers—using maths.

The researchers used a cunning mathematical model to outwit poachers in central Africa.

CEED researcher and ARC Future Fellow, Dr Richard Fuller, said that by studying the poachers’ incursion patterns and prioritising patrols, the technology could improve protection of endangered animals and plants where they most need it, while minimising patrol and conservation costs.

 

Image Credit: Roger Brown Pexels

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