This AI-powered camera could protect wildlife and deter poachers

AI-enabled camera trap in Lopé National Park Gabon
Tim van Deursen from Hack The Planet installing an AI-enabled camera trap in Lopé National Park Gabon (Image credit: Floris Tils)

An AI-powered wildlife camera capable of detecting animal-human conflicts in real-time has been developed by the University of Stirling, Scotland, and Dutch tech start-up, Hack the Planet. It’s the first time that AI has been used to help monitor the relationship between two different species and it’s hoped that it could help detect illegal activity. 

Trail cameras are regularly used in conservation to monitor wildlife. They help wildlife experts understand animal behaviors, relationships and routines, and sometimes they capture extremely exciting footage. Just recently a trail camera placed on Mount Kilkerran, on Fergusson Island off the coast of Papua New Guinea, recorded a rare bird that hadn’t been sighted since 1882. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.