A wildlife camera that records animals and uses AI to identify them.
Explanatory video of the Wildlife Watcher. Victor Anton / Wildlife.ai
Insects and reptiles represent a crucial part of our biodiversity.
They are involved in numerous ecosystem process like nutrient cycling, predation, and plant pollination.
Their camouflage skills and small size often contributes to insufficient information about their ecology and conservation status.
Current monitoring techniques of insects, reptiles and their predators have multiple limitations and drawbacks.
Camera traps are a promising tool to better understand how to protect insect and reptile species.
Unfortunately, most commercially available cameras do not work for ectotherms (cold-blooded animals).
We are engineering and testing a device that takes videos of ground-dwelling invertebrates and herpetofauna (lizards/geckos).
The device is designed to be low-powered, open source and 3D print available.
See below some examples of the animals recorded.
iNaturalist Wētā Watcher project