WPS headquarters are located in Denver, Colorado. From this location, we are able to actively monitor our systems, typically deployed in other countries, with the help of our staff and volunteer base. This enables US-based support staff to backup local security personnel and often be the notification point for poaching incursions.
The US -based staff are also engaged in community outreach, attending events such as the Global March for Elephants and Running Wild, a 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run to help prevent the extinction of endangered African wildlife. WPS can also speak in a variety of corporate and educational environments about conservation efforts.
If you are interested in endangered species presentations or demonstrations of UAV or camera technologies, please contact us.
WPS acquired rights to habitat in South Africa to use as a wildlife research and technology testing center. There is a breeding herd of white rhinos on the property plus a wide variety of other wildlife. The center has living accommodations for researchers, a dry lab, and an administrative and communications center.
The facility runs on solar power with appropriate back-up power. The site is linked internally by a high speed communications network designed by WPS and protected by wpsWatch, a centralized monitoring system which utilizes remotely deployed field cameras to transmit images of wildlife and potential human threats.
The center is used by WPS personnel to develop and test software protection systems and network communication architectures. It is also available to researchers who wish to study African wildlife.
The Leuser ecosystem of Sumatra, Indonesia is a biodiversity hot spot under enormous threat from deforestation and poaching. WPS is partnering with the NGO Forum Konservasi Leuser (FKL) to protect the critically endangered Sumatran Rhino from habitat destruction and poaching and to monitor populations for successful breeding.
WPS has rebuilt a research camp in Leuser, which will serve as a base of operations and bring more scientific studies of the endangered wildlife, including orangutans, tigers, tapirs, elephants, and sun bears.
WPS also funds rhino protection units (RPUs) to patrol the area and prevent wildlife crime by dismantling snares and traps which are used to poach wildlife. Field cameras further assist the RPUs by providing greater insight in to the activities occurring in the area. In addition, the RPUs prevent illegal palm oil plantations from being built, prevent illegal logging from taking place, and dismantle illegal fishing camps where dynamite is used.
Our team in Maui is working to maintain the pristine nature of the Pu’u Kukui Preserve, while also protecting the numerous endemic and endangered species located within, including the rapidly disappearing Ohia tree and the Newcomb’s Tree Snail, of which only six individuals are remaining.
With over 240 endemic species, the highest number of endemism in the world, the Hawaiian Islands are a critically important point of ecological interest needing protection.
With portions of the preserve suffering from threats such as illegal trespassing and invasive species, our team has prioritized this area of concern.