Colorado students build drone for Rwanda park

2016-06-07 23:15
Iwawa, Rwanda which hosts a rehabilitation and skills development centre. (Stephanie Aglietti, AFP)

Iwawa, Rwanda which hosts a rehabilitation and skills development centre. (Stephanie Aglietti, AFP)

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Denver - Rangers protecting the lions, elephants and leopards of Rwanda's Akagera National Park often patrol on foot, and venture only with difficulty into its swamps to keep an eye on rare birds.

A Denver teen who visited the park in northeast Rwanda last summer had an idea he thought would make the rangers' job easier. He and a friend have built a drone to donate to Akagera.

Max Alger-Meyer, working with fellow Denver high school senior Nathan Lepore, applied lessons of frugality and ingenuity learned in east Africa. They made the drone themselves because that was cheaper than buying one.

They considered carefully as they designed it about how park rangers would be able to improvise parts if anything went wrong. It's the kind of thinking ecologists applaud.

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