Tiger in Ranthambore National Park, India (Credit: Björn Ognibeni, via Flickr)
The Wildlife Institute of India plans to launch wildlife-monitoring unmanned aerial vehicles in 10 sites across the country by 2015, the India Times reported.
The drones would monitor tigers and other animals, and keep an eye on poachers. Cheap to produce, the hand-launched drones can record video and be piloted remotely via GPS. Operators can also equip the drones with night-vision cameras for low-light missions. Each drone can fly for up to an hour.
The project follows a pilot program in the Panna Tiger Reserve, where drones proved themselves as capable tools for wildlife management and conservation.
Image: Tiger in Ranthambore National Park, India (Credit: Björn Ognibeni, via Flickr)