Click through camera trap shots from Serengeti National Park (Tanzania) and help identify animals!
You don’t need to be a pro at animal I.D. - the program helps you narrow down the species you see by color, pattern, body shape, horn shape, etc. Then you note how many animals are present and what they’re doing.
Many of the shots don’t show any animals because something else triggered the camera trap. The most common animals I’ve seen are zebra, wildebeest, and guinea fowl. But it’s pretty exciting when you finally see a giraffe, hippo, or leopard when you least expect it!
This type of volunteer-based field data processing will help scientists better understand wildlife populations and patterns within the Park.
Cross-posting from my secondary blog because this site is really cool and everyone should check it out.
Such a privilege to work for these creatures every day. We have 5 black rhinos ranging in age from 1.5 years to 21 years, and each of them is so beautiful. Their horns are made of keratin - check your hair and nails, it’s the same thing - and because some cultures believe they have medicinal properties, they sell on the black market for more money than gold or cocaine. Black rhinos aren’t endangered because of a complex web of human needs. People don’t use them to create food or clothing or shelter. These 3,000-pound animals are killed by poachers, their horns are hacked off, and their bodies are left to rot, all so that someone can profit from the sale of the horn. This is the intensity of human greed, and it’s heartbreaking.