At ZSL we are working at the cutting-edge of conservation to develop and apply innovative technology to protect species around the world. 

From Machine Learning to Instant Wild, emerging technologies are transforming every aspect of our daily lives. ZSL is at the forefront of applying technology to enhance the work of our conservationists and scientists. 

Our technical solutions are developed by working closely with our teams in the field to understand their needs. We then work with partners to fulfil these from the ground up, experimenting with breakthrough technology, building pilot products and scaling successful solutions. We take a collaborative approach, bringing together business leaders, academics, investors and technology companies; bridging the gap to co-create game-changing solutions for global challenges.

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    Instant Wild

    In the field and behind the scenes, ZSL is working at the cutting-edge to protect critical species and revive ecosystems. And we really need your help.

    An Instant Detect 2.0 Base Station, Camera and Sensor Endpoint with a metal triggered sensor.
    Our transformative conservation tech

    Instant Detect 2.0

    Instant Detect 2.0 is a wildlife, environment and threat monitoring system designed by conservationists for conservationists.

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    Cutting-edge conservation tech

    Machine learning for wildlife conservation

    Speeding up the analysis of camera trap surveys and monitor wildlife trends in near real time. 

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    Conservation tech

    SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool)

    Our SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) approach is a combination of software, training materials and patrolling standards to help conservation managers monitor animals, identify threats and make patrols more effective.

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    Safeguarding sea turtles

    Sea Turtle Tagging

    Developing and applying innovative technology to protect species around the world. 

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    Low-cost Wildlife Tracking Devices

    Low-cost Wildlife Tracking Devices

    ZSL and partners are developing low cost tagging solutions to protect animals that are under threat.

    An ocelot photographed by a camera trap in Panama
    Why we camera trap

    Camera Trapping

    Today camera trapping has been transformed by technology to become a major tool for conservation organisations like ZSL.

    Camera trap image of leopard sniffing baited scent station in Thailand
    Camera trap data management and analysis package

    Camera trap software

    Camera-trap surveys resulting in overwhelming amounts of data, but we are introducing software make conservation more efficient.

    A camera trap image of two chimpanzees in a forest
    17 November 2020

    The soundscape of conservation

    ZSL monitoring & technology programme manager Dr. Anthony Dancer reveals how Google Cloud AI is supporting ZSL’s conservation work in Cameroon in surprising ways.

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    Detecting illegal fishing vessels

    Detecting Illegal Fishing Vessels

    ZSL and partners used underwater acoustics to detect illegal fishing in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

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    Forging tech collaborations

    Forging tech collaborations