Google Cloud Helps Animal Conservation in Cameroon

Google Cloud Helps Animal Conservation in Cameroon
Wild Animals Credit: Twitter

GOOGLE CLOUD helps with animal conservation in Cameroon by joining with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

Many places around the world are struggling with animal conservation as it is extremely difficult and at times dangerous to protect wild animals from poachers. Google Cloud is helping with the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence. With this technology they can use sound recordings to track endangered animals.

ZSL placed recording equipment in the Dja Faunal Reserve, Cameroon with the aim of being able to track illegal hunting from the sound recordings.


The Evening Standard reports that “They captured 267 days’ worth of audio, comprising 350GB of data. Such amounts of data cannot be sorted by humans, so ZSL worked with Google Cloud’s technology to rapidly identify and label different sounds.”

This innovative use of technology from Google Cloud could be instrumental in the future for animal conservation. The lead conservation technologist for ZSL, Anthony Dancer said “Acoustic technology can be transformative for conservation. Sound travels far, and we can massively scale up the area we can cover.”

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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


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