Drone to Monitor Population of Saiga Antelopes in Kazakhstan

Saiga antelopes in Kazakhstan will be monitored using drones. With the usage of the drone, the service plans to publish the exact number of saiga antelopes residing in the country.

The Caspian Pipeline Consortium has donated a drone which has a wingspan of more than three meters and weighs 12 kilograms.

Deputy CEO of Caspian Pipeline Consortium, Kairgeldy Kabyldin said that this drone will help not only monitor the migration of saiga antelopes as well as determine the true value in terms of environmental issues, poaching and other harmful factors.

Today, there is a little more than 300,000 saiga antelopes in Kazakhstan. However, it is very difficult to determine their exact number.

Due to the high cost of renting a drone, regular flights are very expensive. The solution is using unmanned aerial vehicles. The number of equipment will increase significantly soon.

“This year we have started making amendments to regulatory documents that will allow us to use this technology. It will be completed by the end of the year,” said Kazakh Vice Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources, Yerlan Nysanbayev.

In the short term period, the drones will be used not only for the monitoring of the saiga population but also to identify poachers, fires and other threats to wildlife.