In the last eight years, poaching in Africa has been happening at an alarming rate. Currently, the continent loses three rhinos a day. Microsoft has collaborated with the Combating Wildlife Crime team from Peace Parks Foundation (PPF), in partnership with the South African conservation agency Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (Ezemvelo). Together, we're working to support rhino anti-poaching efforts through the power of Machine Learning on Azure. PPF facilitates the establishment and sustainable development of trans-frontier conservation areas throughout southern Africa, with the aim of restoring critical ecosystems to the benefit of man and nature alike.
This smart park initiative coordinates collaboration across various players in the wildlife crime prevention space and empowers timely decision making by providing tools for data analysis, object detection and real-time alerting using Azure Machine Learning, Azure Functions and Azure Databases for PostgreSQL.