The WWF have suggested that since 1970, the pressure we exert on the planet has almost doubled and this has had an impact on the preservation of the world’s animal species.

In a bid to make sure that we protect our animal kingdom and its respective habitats, conservationists have looked to ever more creative ways to monitor our world. And that is why they are particularly excited by the development of drone technology. 

In Sumatra, for example, researchers are using photography drones to track the behaviour and movements of beleaguered orangutuans and to monitor the illegal deforestation of large areas of important habitat for the Sumatran elephant.  

This is being led by Conservation Drones, an international coalition that “seeks to share knowledge of building and using low-cost unmanned aerial vehicles for conservation-related applications with conservation workers and researchers worldwide, especially those in developing countries.”