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Snapshot Serengeti: The Game

on June 6, 2013

Several months ago I found a great online research project from the Zooniverse Team entitled “Snapshot Serengeti“.

Here they present an amazing and simple idea; they placed camera traps throughout the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to take photos and collect information on wild species that live in the area and their interactions with each other and they need you to help them analyse them!

For the last month they managed to build an immense database of millions of images and designed a process that makes it seem like a game while at the same time you and me will be helping science. So why not try it?

The rules are simple; you are presented with a random photo and on the right you’ll have to select the correct species you are seeing, the number of animals in the picture, their behaviour and if there are any young present. Once you are done, you simply click “Identify” and “Finish”, and you are ready to move on to the next capture. Simple right?

Because the cameras sensors are triggered by temperature in front of the camera versus ambient temperate sometimes you can just be looking at a nice landscape instead of a curious animal but who wouldn’t love to see great photos from the Serengeti anyway?

Here are a few photos I helped classify last season:

 

Snapshot Serengui from Zooniverse Team: Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) Photo Snapshot Serengui from Zooniverse Team: Thomson's Gazelle (Eudorcas thomsonii) Photo Snapshot Serengui from Zooniverse Team: African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) Photo Snapshot Serengui from Zooniverse Team: Baboon Photo Snapshot Serengui from Zooniverse Team: African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) at night Photo Snapshot Serengui from Zooniverse Team: Antelope at night Photo

 

 

It’s just like a game, it’s free and you’ll be helping scientists!

Give it a try!

 

Love,

~Sofia.

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