Artificial intelligence for wildlife conservation

The number of endangered species is growing every year. Hence the need for a swift action plan to map populations, drawing up protective measures, curb illegal activities, etc. This is where artificial intelligence comes into place. A team of volunteers is working on several models that will support Faunawatch’s activities. So we are working on a model that can view camera images that are used for research. This model selects all photos and videos showing animals so that they can be used for research
Work is also being done on a model that can help identify the animal species in a photo or video. Such programs greatly benefit the research.

Work is also in progress on various models that can monitor/detect illegal activities. For example, we have developed a model that will enable us to recognize poachers in photos. In this way, poachers in national parks can be tracked down. Presently we are looking to make this model real-time, so that when a poacher is detected, a notification is automatically sent to the rangers, enabling them to take immediate action.

Obviously, not only the animals on land are being endangered. Aquatic animals and their habitats are also doing badly. There are many vessels that are known to fish illegally, but unfortunately, there is a lack of proper enforcement or capacity. By means of an artificial intelligence model, we want to link photos of fishing boats to a list of ships that are internationally signalled for illegal fishing in order to trace them and inform the local authorities.

Do you have knowledge of artificial intelligence and skills you want committed to the protection of endangered species? Then become a volunteer!