Monitoring Endangered Species With Phones And Drones
Here’s the idea: people see animal footprints in the wild more often than they see actual animals.
It is so accurate, it can not only identify the species, but the sex and age of the animal as well.
The researchers developing the system are using crowdsourcing to collect the data. This method allows for potentially millions of people worldwide to contribute to tracking endangered species.
Once experts get this information, they’ll be able to estimate the animal’s numbers, track their movements, and map out where they are.
Researchers will start by investigating three endangered species of big cats across the globe: jaguars in the Americas, snow leopards in Asia, and cheetahs in Africa and the Middle East. More species and locations will be added to the ConservationFIT website in the future.