Getting up close with Instant Wild

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ZSL’s Instant Wild is a citizen science app that transmits live video and images from motion triggered cameratraps in key wildlife habitats around the world to users’ smartphones, enabling anyone to engage with vital conservation work. Users are able to contribute to conservation by identifying the species in the images, which in turn, provides scientists with useful data and reduces the time taken to process the huge image data sets.

2 pig tailed macaque investigate the camera
2 pig tailed macaque investigate the camera

The app currently has 9 projects that allow users to connect with species from all around the world, including, amongst many more, otters in the UK; bear, wolves and lynx in Croatia; ocelot, agouti & tamandua in Costa Rica; armadillo, giant anteater & marmoset in Brazil; lion, elephant and giraffe from 3 projects in Kenya; tamarins and sloths from ZSL’s Rainforest Life exhibit, where we test new cameras prior to deploying them in the field, and our Borneo project. 

Our BorneoCam project has approximately 35,000 images captured over multiple years of monitoring in one of the oldest rainforests on the planet. We need your help to identify the animals in the images to understand the impacts that habitat loss and degradation - caused by selecting logging and the expansion of oil palm plantations - are having on these species. The project offers users a real insight into a relatively unknown world and the chance to see incredible species including clouded leopard, orangutan, sun bear, crested fireback, binturong, pangolins and moon rats! There are tips for telling the trickier species apart, to help get you started.

A selection of images from the Instant Wild camera traps
Clockwise from top left - Sunda pangolin, forest elephant, clouded leopard, orangutan

We’d love your help with the Borneo Project and the good news is, you don’t need to be an expert! So, don't worry about getting the 'wrong' answers! If you have just 5 mins or 500 mins, we need you and your friends & family! Every single identification counts as the community works together to get it right. 

If you want to get involved, all you need to do is  download Instant Wild, free, from the app store, or go to the website, register and then get IDing! 

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