The Serengeti National Park releases 225 selfies of wild animals after conducting a long research in the Savanna. The endeavor was made to help scientists evaluate the Snapshot Serengeti technology and to enable scientists to keep a close track of the existing species in the Savanna.
The recent project developed by the Serengeti National Park has been praised by numerous wildlife researchers. The 225 collection of wild life selfies helps raise awareness on the problems of the extinguishing species of the African Savanna.
However, the experiment was not at all designed for this purpose. Scientists wanted mainly to test their new Snapshot Serengeti software and its capacity of delivering qualitative images. Results have shown that the program is capable of taking even more snapshots than researchers have ever expected.
Around 225 camera traps were set around the Savanna within a 1,000-square-kilometer area located in the Serengeti National Park. During the experiment, cameras were able to take around 1.2 million sets of images, so they required the help of non-scientist volunteers to review the photos.
Given that the camera sensors were normally triggered by motion and heat, many wild species of animals and insects were captured in the images. Scientists initially thought they would select the images themselves, but they later on had to recur to the help of volunteers.
According to their official declaration, the selection of the images would have been a lot easier if cameras only captured lions and zebras. The presence of so many species has rendered this task particularly difficult, which is why researchers had to recur to additional working force in order to carry out the experiment.
28,000 volunteers were hired to identify wildlife species, to categorize pictures according to the information they contained and to make relevant observations in relation to the behavior of the animals. There were around 1.2 million collected images containing 40 different species of animals.
Among the 322,653 species of animals that the Snapshot Serengeti project managed to identify, there were also very rare exemplars. Experts were proud to have finally got a glimpse of species like aardwolf, zorilla and honey badger and to closely study their behavior.
The large collection of images will be used by researchers to further shed light on animals’ behavior. They believe these images can help them better understand the relationship between predators and its victims.
The Snapshot Serengeti Project was conducted by students and professors working within the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.
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