We’re pleased to announce that Instant Wild, ZSL’s Citizen Science platform, is partnering with the National Geographic Society. A non-profit organisation that uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world.
Through the collaboration, National Geographic’s community of Explorers were given the opportunity to contribute projects to Instant Wild. There are a number of new projects coming online soon, focused on chimps, jaguar & puma and Baird´s tapir amongst many other fascinating species, so keep an eye out for them!
The first National Geographic project, online now, is from the rainforest of the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. The Osa Camera Trap Network focuses on monitoring large megafauna such as tapirs, apex predators (jaguar, puma and ocelot) and their prey (white-lipped peccaries, collared peccaries and red-brocket deer) between the two national parks - Corcovado and Piedras Blancas, and the connecting corridors (Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve). The information generated by their camera trap surveys allows them to identify species that require conservation focus, parts of the Osa that require restoration efforts and monitor the threats that these species face.
Through Instant Wild, you can do your bit for conservation & you don’t even need to be an expert to take part! We use a consensus algorithm which means that a result isn’t generated for the Conservationist doing the research until 10 people have agreed on the species in the image. So, you don’t need to worry about getting it wrong, it’s all about giving us your best guess and learning as you go!
If you’d like to help, you can visit the Instant Wild platform or download the app (iOS or Android) for free, and contribute to conservation from the comfort of your sofa!