AI in Wildlife Conservation
Sun, April 18, 2021

AI in Wildlife Conservation

Google is using AI to aid wildlife conservation / Credits: BlueOrange Studio via 123RF


Thousands of animals across the world are on the brink of extinction, mainly due to climate change and the disappearance of habitats. Wildlife has struggled to survive throughout the years. If the current practices continue to cause their numbers to decline more and more every day, there’s a chance that the world will eventually lose all its animals.

Recently, Google announced that it will be using artificial intelligence that may aid wildlife conservation. According to Engadget, a multilingual technology blog network with daily coverage of gadgets and consumer electronics, the tech giant launched a Wildlife Insights tool that aims to helps conservationists track wildlife by not only parsing their photos but sharing them in a searchable public website. Wildlife Insights currently has more than 4.5 million photos dating back to 1990, which can pinpoint the location of wildlife anywhere. 

One of the benefits of this tool is its machine learning, which can analyze millions of photos in an hour, saving a lot of time for researchers. “All they have to do now is to upload a set of images and let the Google-created artificial intelligence system do the rest, including flag blank images that sometimes make up most of the camera trap data. The only main data point conservationists may have to add are the GPS coordinates for specific camera traps as most of these cameras aren’t yet fitted with their own GPS system,” Jorge Ahumada, executive director of Wildlife Insights from Conservation International, said.

According to Artificial intelligence News, an online site that covers everything about AI including futuristic robots, computer models of human intelligence, and more, the tool will also benefit conservation scientists because this will give them ample time and resources to easily analyze and discover trends in species population size, predator-prey relationships, and how animals respond to human disturbances such as hunting.