Login

Help identify African wildlife captured on remote camera from your browser

snapshot serengeti

Over the past few years, scientists from the University of Minnesota have collected millions of photographs of wildlife from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, and now they're asking you to help identify the creatures caught on camera. To accomplish this, they created Snapshot Serengeti — a website launched this week that allows users to look at sequences of photos captured by hundreds of motion-activated camera traps in the park and identify their contents. The team's ultimate goal is to understand how communities of large animals interact in the wild; they hope to discover how carnivores and herbivores coexist, and whether herbivores tend towards areas without predators, even if the food isn't as good. To get there they will study the distribution of more than 30 species in the region and examine how they interact with one another. It's not the first time a project like this has been done on the web — the project's sponsor has previously enlisted the public to help identify ocean life, cyclone data, and cancer samples — but Serengeti Snapshot has the added appeal of getting a close, candid look at big cats and other animals in their natural habitat.

The Verge
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.