Using Math To Save Rhinos

Rhino

“Mwah”

Mathematician Thomas Snitch of the University of Maryland is using mathematics to help save Rhinoceroses from poachers in African wildlife preserves.

Listen to him explain here:  http://www.ams.org/samplings/mathmoments/mm122-poaching-podcast

BADGING:

Read the brief article above and listen to the two-part podcast (around 15 minutes total).  Answer the following questions in a couple of paragraphs:

How did it help mathematicians to compare rhinos to American soldiers in the Middle East?  What statistics about waterholes and roads did mathematicians use to reduce the size of the area that rangers and drones had to cover (give specific numbers)?  Why does land elevation matter when examining the habitat of rhinos?  Finally, what other conservation efforts are adopting this mathematical modeling?

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