Great use of military tech for conservation purposes. This is the literal embodiment of Nobodyisflyingtheplane.
Anyone as concerned with privacy as the staff is at Nobodyisflyingtheplane is obviously wary of the potential for misuse of unmanned drones, but we love to hear when privacy invading police state tech can be used for the betterment of all.
Why not take military style use further and develop remote pilot operation bases in parts of the world where there is a sufficient supply of skilled pilots. Then crowdsource the surveillance feeds to interested internet users who could review footage in their free time. How about forming a non profit to raise funds for remote aerial conservation efforts by developing a remote drone flight school and selling classes to retired Baby Boomers on Groupwise just as real flight schools do.