How can a team of just 70 rangers more effectively protect the wildlife in an African national park the size of Rhode Island?  One word: statistics.  That’s the theory, anyway, behind a new paper published this week in the journal Conservation Biology. The study used a new statistical model to look at 12 years of illegal activity within Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park as a way to predict the possibility of future crimes.  It’s not quite Minority Report, but it may help foretell behavior and therefore protect the park’s elephants, hippos, buffalo, and other heavily poached wildlife.

http://tinyurl.com/pbrdjvx

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