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View Wildlife on Lewa, From Anywhere in the World, Literally!

August 29, 2014

Lewa is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), that makes the Conservancy a test site for their Technology for Conservation Programme through its Instant Wild App. 

As described on ZSL's site:

"Instant Wild is a unique and multifaceted ZSL initiative which represents a major advancement in remote monitoring. Launched in 2011, it was set up as a citizen science tool enabling members of the public to instantly identify and comment on photographs taken by GSM-connected camera traps in the field through an interactive website and iPhone App.

So far, the App has had over 100,000 downloads and participants have initiated over 1 million image identifications, providing ZSL with valuable research data and facilitating public engagement in conservation."

This new and exciting partnership means that Lewa is one of the locations that has the camera traps set up, giving our supporters across the globe the opportunity to follow live, intimate moments of the Conservancy's beautiful wildlife!

The Lewa cameras are live and we encourage all of you to download the App from App Store on iTunes.

Here is a taster of what we had captured whilst setting up the cameras. As the cameras are triggered, you will receive these images - it is quite literally instant!

 

Key achievements and goals of the Instant Wild App:

Goals

Transmit live photographs of wildlife from advanced camera traps set up across the globe to protected area managers, conservation organisations and, where appropriate, members of the public.

Remotely observe and monitor trends in wildlife populations and identify the presence of critically endangered species to better prioritise conservation action and attention.

Engage new audiences in conservation through participatory citizen science.

Achievements

Developed the first ever citizen science initiative which enables members of the public to identify and comment on live photographs taken by remote camera traps.

Developed the first ever satellite-enabled camera trap which can collect and transmit real time data from anywhere in the world.