Tourists warned of geo-tag risk to endangered wildlife

2014-05-06 09:26
Cape Town - While it's human nature to want to share and preserve amazing wildlife experiences, poachers have cottoned on to the geo-tag fingerprint left by unsuspecting tourists who visit wildlife parks and reserves.


By not turning off the geo-tagging options (the meta data saved with your image that displays latitude and longitude coordinates for where the photo was taken) you are indirectly leading poachers to their intended prey.

Nothing highlights this better than this tweet which shows how social media inadvertently adds technological arms to the poaching war.


While animals at risk include gorillas and elephants, it is the rhino that teeters dangerously close to brink of extinction. The latest figures for Rhino poaching released by the Department of Environmental Affairs in April 2014 show that  294 rhinos have been paoched as apposed to the 93 arrests that have been made.


You may also want to check out: The cruelty of rhino poaching caught on camera

And while most of us are unaware of our subliminal assistance we're giving poachers, turns out some people are doing it intentionally.

According to a PetaPixel article on the risk of geo-tagged photos, details how young couples posing as tourists purposefully geo-tag their pics as part of a poaching syndicate. Sad, but true.

So when next on safari and you spot an endangered animal that you just have to take a pic of DO NOT FORGET to check your settings and disable those location-based applications that can access your GPS coordinates.

Want to share some of your non-geo-tagged wildlife experiences? Email us at pics@news24travel.com or come join our Travel community on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, hang out with us on Google+, snap away on Instagram and share your inspiration on Pinterest


Read more on:    reserves  |  travel international  |  bush  |  safari

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside Travel

 
/News

#FindYourEscape with Traveller24

Your insider guide to exploring South Africa and the world...
 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.