Technology lab on wildlife protection opens in Kenya


OI Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya in partnership with Fauna & Floral International (FFI), Liquid Telecom and Arm, has opened a conservation tech lab to research, test and develop new technology-based solutions to conservation challenges around the world.

It is hoped that the facility will help accelerate learning and embrace accessible, scalable conservation solutions, which will improve biodiversity conservation and human well-being, locally and globally.

The lab will deliver technological solutions and services that support biodiversity conservation and community welfare and it is hoped to serve as a model for global conservation efforts. Another objective is to provide an international field laboratory for the development and testing of conservation-relevant technological solutions that will enable collaboration, learning and knowledge exchange.

The Conservation Tech Lab is already helping Ol Pejeta in the advancement of remote sensing and monitoring cattle movements using Sigfox, a Low Power Wide Area Network technology provided by Liquid Telecom. This technology will soon be adapted to rhino tracking on Ol Pejeta, which will make a significant difference to their security and data collection.

Conservation Tech Lab will also support real-time monitoring of all animals throughout the conservancy and the wider landscape, helping to both protect endangered species from poachers and improve overall wildlife management.

According to Joanna Elliott, Senior Director of Conservation Partnerships at Fauna & Flora International, “this is a critical and exciting time for conservation globally and we have only begun to scratch the surface of what is possible when it comes to applying technology to wildlife protection.

As the world’s first technology hub dedicated to wildlife conservation, the Ol Pejeta Conservation Technology Lab will play a central role in building technology-enabled responses that can keep pace with the growing threats to global biodiversity.”

Being based on a leading wildlife conservancy, the Ol Pejeta Conservation Tech Lab can quickly ascertain the effectiveness of new solutions, and how best to adapt them to create a bigger impact within the relevant demographic areas. It can also combine cutting edge technology with cost-effective and straight-forward solutions to ensure we have significant impact on the challenges facing conservation.