BAF is supporting the team at Wildlife.ai to develop new technological solutions for environmental conservation and provide STEM opportunities to local communities.
Wildlife.ai is a charitable trust based in New Plymouth that uses artificial intelligence to accelerate wildlife conservation. The trust is dedicated to developing new technology for ecological monitoring and assessment. The automation of identifying individual animals or species in thousands of images and sounds facilitates more effective species conservation efforts.
Community involvement and education are key facets of Wildlife.ai’s approach. The trust organises wānanga, community events, seminars and educational activities where participants learn about the uses, advantages and limitations of artificial intelligence. Wildlife.ai’s unique approach ensures that the skill sets required to build and maintain the technology are passed on to the local communities, organisations, and agencies involved so they maintain ownership, accountability and kaitiakitanga.
Wildlife.ai uses open-source technologies that are freely available and can be adapted or scaled easily to new applications. Local communities, iwi, conservation practitioners, and educators are encouraged to get in touch with the team and explore ways to increase environmental sustainability. An over view of the work of wildlife.ai can be found at this link wildlifeai_projects_July_overview