Many of our Earth’s animals have become endangered species, and they are in danger of becoming extinct. This must be stopped or we will lose entire species forever. Global warming is a key factor in the threat to our wildlife populations. Many different species natural habitats are being severely affected by global warming and weather changes. Many scientists are turning to technology to save endangered species.
Helping The Endangered Species Through Technology
We now have available, smart collars. These collars can track an animal by location, see where and how it moves and see the animals hunting habits. This understanding of an animal’s life may help save them.
With the use of remote control photography and video, we can observe animals as never before. By recording the details of these animals in their natural habitats, we can record details of their lives and get answers.
Collecting tissue via remote control sampling is another technological advancement. This is accomplished by remote control and allows us access to tissues through the blowhole of a whale. A three-foot helicopter is used via remote control. The helicopter has a petri dish strapped to its bottom to collect the tissues. These samples no longer cause injury and are most useful in collecting data. This data can help save the whales.
Magnetic fish hooks are a new technology. These are a type of smart hook and will contribute to keeping sharks safer from fishing lines. These hooks are coated with a unique metal that will produce a voltage when in seawater. Since sharks are very sensitive to electrical fields, especially when in water, this helps keep them away from lines meant for other fish.
Scientists are using a type of gene sequencing technology to try and save the Tasmanian devil. There is cancer called devil facial tumor disease that is very infectious. If not stopped, this cancer will cause the extinction of this species.
Conservation Drones are a technology being used to count endangered species. When used in conjunction with cameras, sensors, and GPS, the results are very useful. Capable of mapping deforestation and counting endangered species, these drones are making a difference. They are being used to monitor and track longer term changes in Sumatra. They also provide video feed results. IBM has created a new predictive analytics software. This can be used to collect complex information about wildlife.
In the upper Colorado River, there are four different species of endangered fish. There is a system called a “rifle,” that can monitor their movements. Special tags called PIT’s are being inserted right into the fish. This allows scientists to collect valuable information on their migration habits as they pass through the Price-Stubb Dam.
Unmanned planes that are flying over the Artic have been equipped with cameras. These cameras can mark the locations of endangered seals and diminishing sea ice. With the ice disappearing quickly in some areas, scientists are focusing on what types of ice these animals need to thrive. Numerous species of seals need this ice for breeding, resting and having a safe place to hide from predators. This will reduce the time researchers spend tracking the seals and put us closer to a solution to stopping their extinction.
The Goliath Grouper is a critically endangered species, and it is imperative we can identify their numbers. This is tough as the juveniles live among the roots of red mango trees in the Atlantic ocean. With sonogram technology, the Ocean Research and Conservation Association has been able to use visual underwater surveys to see them with sound waves. This technology is not affected by dark or murky waters.
In San Diego, technology has been taken to a new level. There is a frozen zoo containing 8,400 species DNA, stored at a temperature of -280 degrees.
3D technology is being used to help California condors. By combining 3D and advanced range technologies, highly detailed data has become available. This data tracks the range and movements of aquatic and avian species and is being used to restore condor populations. This is a predictive tool that acknowledges such factors as climate change and both wind and energy impacts. This will help us learn which regions need the most protection and help increase the population of not only the condor but the giant panda and dugong as well.
The use of cloning technology to save endangered animals is a highly controversial topic. There have been experiments conducted at zoos where an egg from one species, has its nucleus removed and replaced with the nucleus and nuclear DNA of an endangered species. By growing the egg in vitro until it is an early stage embryo, it can then be implanted into a living animal. If the process is successful, the embryo will go to term, and a new animal is born.
Zoos are also using technology to help endangered species. They use research tools to get a better understanding of population dynamics and wildlife biology to try to bring different species back from the edge of extinction. While these SSP programs are considered by many to be a “work in progress,” advances have been made. Captive breeding programs where the species was eventually released into the wild have shown success and increased population numbers.
You are the ones who can make a difference. You must act now because we are running out of time. Our endangered species are all crucial to our planet in some way and must be saved. Technology has given us an edge. We now have ways of fighting the conditions endangering our animals we did not have before. This technology must be used to our best advantage before it is to late.