Purchase, Protect, Preserve
November 22, 2014 | Julia Chirite
By purchasing a product from Kashmir Rose's Wildlife Collection you are directly contributing to the protection of critically endangered species at risk of extinction and preserving our world's exotic wildlife for future generations.
National Geographic recently released a short documentary on the world's leading and largest aircraft research initiative, the Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge. Kashmir World Foundation’s technology division, Kashmir Robotics, is hosting the challenge to stimulate international innovation and invention in the design, fabrication, and utilization of the world’s first “counter poaching drone”. Profits from the sale of Kashmir Rose's Wildlife Collection support the wcUAVc's efforts to prevent the illicit wildlife poaching and trafficking of critically endangered species at risk of extinction. "Wildlife poaching" is when an animal is killed illegally and usually occurs when an animal possesses something that is considered valuable (i.e. the animals ivory, horn, or fur). The United States is the second largest consumer of elephant ivory, closely trailing behind China, contributing to the poaching of over 100,000 elephants within the past 3 years, and nearly 100 a day. Over 1,509 rhinos have been poached in 2014, and according to a projected South African Department of Environmental Affairs statistic, in 2015 around 2,268 rhinos will be poached if the trend continues at it’s current rate. Rhino horn is one of the most valuable materials on earth, worth more than 6 times the value of gold on the streets of Vietnam and China, where it is believed to have great medicinal power. Well-armed, well-equipped, and well-organized criminal networks profit on that superstition while environmentalists around the world race to educate potential consumers about the fallacy of rhino horn medicine. In February 2014, The U.S. House Committee Foreign Affairs declared wildlife trafficking a serious and urgent conservation and global security threat. Corruption and inadequate preventative measures have led to the significant population decline and decimation of our world’s two largest land mammals whom are critically endangered and at risk of extinction, the iconic elephant and rhinoceroses species. With 139 teams, in over 29 countries, on 6 continents competing in the Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge, Kashmir Robotics is fostering global involvement through the wcUAVc to help preserve our world’s natural beauty and wildlife for future generations.