Worried about a tiger attack? Tiny AI cameras, not guns, could save you…

Bengal tiger
(Image credit: Future)

Tiny AI cameras are helping rural villages in India and Nepal defend themselves against one of the world's most protected predators – tigers. As tiger populations increase thanks to successful conservation efforts, these apex predators are venturing closer and closer to villages to find food. Understandably villagers are concerned they might end up as a tiger's next meal and, in turn, conservationists are worried that people will revert to poaching – but, luckily, AI is here to land a hand.

Last month research was published in the BioScience journal by Clemson University in South Carolina and several non-governmental organizations showing how AI cameras can revolutionize tiger conservation. TrailGuard cameras (which are able to distinguish between tigers and other animals, like elephants) were set up close to villages in both India and Nepal, and were able to alert rangers to the big cats' proximity within seconds. 

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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.