Identify wild animals and help science. Snapshot Serengeti.
The Serengeti is a large beautiful geographic area in Africa spanning Northern Tanzania and Southern Kenya. These huge plains encompass a large ecosystem consisting of some of the best known animals on the planet. Snapshot Serengeti began as a project looking to monitor the Lions of the plains but now has become significantly larger hosted on the Zoo Universe platform to study how species are distributed across the land and how they interact with each other the middle six photos of some of the animals.
The classifying of animals happens at the Serengeti National Park using images gathered from 225 camera traps located in a grid across the park. The cameras are activated using infrared sensors, when a warmer object walks in front of it (usually an animal, note the word usually). The photographs from these cameras when identified (first photo) and correlated with geographical information (final photo) allow researchers to monitor how animals are distributed across the park and begin to understand how they interact with lions and one another.
The data from the project is looking to understand how competing species coexist. This has important implications for the planet from biodiversity, to the sustainability of life on Earth, to humans (we are arguably the biggest competing species on the planet). Much of the projects current research focuses on how carnivores coexist with carnivores, herbivores with herbivores, and the joint dynamics of predators and their prey, read more here.
The first data from the photos have been taken, so findings are hopefully on their way. There are still plenty of photos to categorize and identify. The snapshot community is active with some fascinating photos and discussions being shared. More photos from Snapshot Serengeti should be on their way.