Hidden deep inside some of the most remote wilderness in the world — the middle of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the Nam Kading Valley — there are 1,020 camera traps. Placed there by field biologists, these cameras spring to life when any movement occurs in their field of vision, and have collected over three terabytes of images — over 2.2 million in all — over the past eight years. The database grows daily.
Rather than have a huge team of wildlife biologists pore through every image, Conservation International, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Wildlife Conservation Society teamed up with Hewlett Packard to come up with an algorithm that separates real footage of animals from false alarms. The biologists then took the winning pics and used the images to research animal behaviors, poaching, and changes in the ecosystem. Here, from the current database, are 12 photos that show just what a small camera in the jungle can capture.
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