It takes very little monetary resources to fly a drone. The use of drones at night to help stop illegal poaching is an effective use of resources because of the cost compared to the effect. The cost of the drone, as well as the paid man hours to fly the drone has shown significant reductions of poaching in some areas. Through many studies it has show that drones are more cost effective and more efficient than sending out manned patrols in areas where poaching is high.
Poaching of animals has seemingly been a big issue in Africa for quite a while. If there is an efficient way to reduce or prevent illegal and unnecessary poaching, then it would not be a waste of resources. Drones have a small environmental footprint; while starting up the operation may use some resources, the costs likely would be outweighed by the prevention of unnecessary deaths of animals.
Yes, drones flying at night is an effective use of resources to stop poaching in Africa. Poaching is harmful to the protected species in Africa. Therefore, it is important to prevent it. Drones flying at night can help lessen the likelihood that poaching will take place. Thus, drones flying at night is an effective use of resources.
The use of drones to both catch the perpetrators of poaching and a deterrent are a cost-efficient use of resources. It is difficult to police and prevent illegal poaching in many African countries because of the funding problems that law enforcement face, particularly those covering large rural areas. The use of drones will cut down on the manpower needed and be cheaper than deploying bodies on the ground.