A Port Alfred family has splashed out millions on hi-tech helicopter drones to try to save the African rhino from poachers.
What started out as a fun idea by businessman Anton Kieser to attach a digital camera to his remote-controlled helicopter has turned into a R3-million investment with brother Leon and father Kees.
The equipment, which includes imported drones and thermal imaging cameras, will be tested at local game reserves.
Although other anti-poaching initiatives in South Africa are also using unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drones to try and save the rhino from extinction, they are using less manoeuvrable planes, not helicopters.
"We bought all this hi-tech equipment to try and combat rhino poaching before they are all gone," Anton explained. ..