Since the start of 2011, seventy five greater one-horned rhinoceros have been illegally killed in India, prompting concern of rapidly increasing poaching rates. Besides poaching, Kaziranga National Park, home to such rhinos in India, also lost 327 rhinos due to natural deaths. The numbers are so alarming that researchers are predicting rhinos would go extinct in the next 10 years. According to Assam police, rebels are becoming increasingly involved in rhino poaching in the state, where the greater one-horned rhinos are being killed using AK-47 assault rifles.
In an attempt to at least halt some of the poaching, a British team has developed a way to track the movement of rhinos, followed by using GPS trackers and hidden cameras that allows the wardens to reach at the spot within seconds, if alarmed by an incoming poacher. As the video shows, the rhino cams are inserted right into the horns of the rhinoceros, effectively allowing the animals to record real-time footage. Combined with the other ways to track the location and status of the rhinos, the experiment seeks to not just figure out what is happening to the animals but also catch the poachers in the act. Along the way, the cameras are also producing fascinating footage of what life looks like from the point of view of an endangered animal.