AI & Wildlife Preservation
If there’s one thing most of us can agree on, it’s that wildlife preservation is important. The animals on this planet have been suffering a lot since we humans came on the scene. Luckily, there are amazing people out there trying to right the wrongs. Using Artificial Intelligence, researchers are able to continue this quest all the more and we’re looking into just how that’s being done.
How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Wildlife Research
Researcher Jenna Stacy-Dawes and her team at San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research are being assisted in their work in giraffe conservation with the AI software program, Wildbook.
Wildbook, “automatically identifies individual animals by their unique coat patterns or other hallmark features, such as fluke or ear outlines…Stacy-Dawes and her colleagues are now able to blitz a giraffe population with photos over two days, upload the images and location data to their GiraffeSpotter database, and presto: a robust population assessment emerges. So far they’ve used Wildbook to assess giraffe numbers across three wildlife conservancies in northern Kenya."
Google Aims AI At Whales, Their Words And Well-being
Google is using its technology for good, with its AI whale tracking technology. One such technology is a ““bioacoustics” project using AI to help scientists, governments and nonprofit groups track endangered species." This isn’t the first time the tech giant has used AI tracking for whales, “Two years ago, it partnered with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration to track humpback whales by using AI which recognises the sound of whales in audio captured by underwater microphones.". The tracking helps to identify whales and their whereabouts in conservation efforts.