In Brief

The Global Positioning System comes to the rescue of an endangered species in Africa.

In a bid to curb poaching of South African rhinos, authorities of the Mafikeng Game Reserve have implanted GPS chips in their horns. The South African rhinos are an endangered species and have long faced a threat by poachers who kill them for their horns. With these GPS chips that are connected to a cell phone system, game wardens will be able to constantly monitor and track the movement of rhinos remotely. The chip can also activate an alarm to alert the authorities if the animals leave the reserve or show any abnormal behavior. There are also plans to outfit several other animals with GPS implants in the coming days, in order to keep them safe from poachers.

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