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Big Five: White-Backed Vulture. by CrazyAsian1 Big Five: White-Backed Vulture. by CrazyAsian1
White-backed Vulture - Gyps Africanus

Vultures patrol protection zones providing aerial recon and basic first aid capabilities. Their main job is to locate recently poached animals and mark them for investigation. If anti-poaching units are in the area the Vulture can land near the corpse of the animal and protect the body from consumption by other animals. Compartments in the wings and the chest area house basic first aid supplies to aid in field operations. These include bandages, tourniquets, antivenom, antiseptics, resuscitators, field rations, and water among other things. Another function is to transport DNA samples of poached animals quickly and efficiently for analysis to help keep records up to date about the remaining animal populations.Vultures also serve as locators for tagged ivory and rhino horn. By locating signals from planted GPS units Vultures can help anti-poaching units and law enforcement locate the contraband and hopefully the poachers as well.

Overall the Vulture units serve as aerial watchdogs as well as CSI. Though they are non-combatant's their auxiliary functions aid greatly in field operations.
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Kinda sucks that the first real Rhino I've painted is also dead. Not fun at all looking up reference for poached Rhinos.
I'm not done with Big Five. There will be more! Stay tuned for more progress on other designs and illustrations.

Btw I'm fundraising for the IAPF. If you're interested in helping out go here:
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sioSIN Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is such a badass idea.
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:iconumbralwalker:
This is amazing. I love it. Thanks for sharing.
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:iconmisteremm:
My favorite one of these designs by far! And it's not even a battle-type. Simply incredible!
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rafaelzrt Jan 21, 2014   Digital Artist
Nice concept. Amazing work on this project.
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lutrasilvereye Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the idea and the creation (of all of these!) :D
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theDMG177 Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Yeah, vultures are the health patrol of the sky, so why not artificial vultures?

Epic!

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BeyHowrse Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, it's so creative!
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calvin-bah Jan 14, 2014
This honestly seems like something I would see in an Issue of Elephantmen.
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:iconleocooper120515:
Incredible artwork, I love the mecha animals idea, and a scavenger being the one to lend medical aid is brilliant! Love the work.
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