About us

We are a charitable trust that uses artificial intelligence to accelerate wildlife conservation.

We work with grassroots wildlife conservation projects and develop open-source solutions using machine learning.

We also organise community events, seminars and educational activities to build and maintain machine learning solutions to reduce the current rate of species extinction.

Artistic photo of Mt Taranaki taken from a residential area
Artistic representation of Taranaki, home of Wildlife.ai.

Our purpose

To ensure artificial intelligence is widely applied to protect biodiversity.


Our people

Dr. Victor Anton
Dr. Victor AntonGeneral manager
Nature and technology enthusiast who enjoys learning and sharing conservation stories with others. While doing his PhD, he discovered how machine learning can help scientists better understand complex ecosystems. Since then, he has been advocating for the use of new technologies to research and manage biodiversity worldwide.
Joshua Yellin
Joshua YellinSustainability and governance advisor
Outdoor adventurer passionate about helping startups succeed. Josh loves exploring how cutting-edge technologies can be used for social and environmental good, particularly in finding out the full extent of what artificial intelligence can do for the environment.
Amy Brasch
Amy BraschCommunity coordinator
Amy enjoys connecting people with nature. She has a background in behaviour change approaches. She is excited to support conservation projects to use new technologies and is particularly interested in exploring the social impacts of artificial intelligence.
Bar Vinograd
Bar VinogradData ranger manager
Bar is a machine learning consultant who works with startups and companies on core research challenges. Bar frequently give talks about machine learning, mentors at the Google AI Launchpad and teaches and advises at the Israel Tech Challenge. Bar has a great love for nature and wildlife, he is a divemaster and a avid collector of South African flora.
Cal Bouzaid
Cal BouzaidUX and hardware advisor
Cal is a Business Intelligence Analyst and Founder of NuFin Technologies. He has spent time in corporate environments but prefers the innovative and user-centric world of startups and non-profits. Cal is passionate about using digital and physical tech to solve real-world problems in creative ways.
Portia Smith
Portia SmithEducation program coordinator
Portia loves digitising business processes, discovering and using new technology is her passion. She is a Chartered Accountant with a Masters in Technological Futures and is currently studying a Bachelor of Information Science. After being part of our governance board for two years, Portia is now bringing our AI conservation learning programs to life.
Anna Pendergrast
Anna PendergrastDigital technology advisor
Anna is a writer, strategist, and policy analyst based in Wellington, New Zealand. Co-founder of Antistatic communications and research consultancy, she helps people communicate about digital technology and data systems to drive positive social and environmental change.
Christine Inga Laban
Christine Inga LabanTreasurer and technical advisor
Christine is a wizard of organizational development, finances, and human resources. Her passion is to drive organizational changes towards a sustainable future for our planet and society.
Katie Crawford
Katie Crawford Strategy and partnerships advisor
Katie is a Fungi enthusiast and community science leader with +10 years of experience connecting companies, creating mutual wins, and digging into the joy of making partnerships work.
Marta Kuznetsova
Marta KuznetsovaCommunications advisor
With over a decade of IT experience under her belt, Marta is deeply passionate about nature conservation, having nurtured this love since childhood. She is committed to using her technology, communication, writing, and design skills to strengthen efforts in AI-powered protection of the environment.
Charles Palmers
Charles PalmersElectrical engineer
Charles studied electronics at Auckland University and spent most of his career running electronics design companies in the UK. Recently returned to New Zealand, Charles is applying his skills to conservation projects.
Malou Bastiaanse
Malou BastiaanseResearcher
Malou has recently finished her bachelor degree, where she was introduced to the potential, but most importantly, the fun of machine learning. She is interested in how the seemingly opposite worlds of nature and technology can overlap and benefit one another.