discussion / AI for Conservation  / 10 December 2018

African elephant facial or body recognition software

Hi Guys


I am a volunteer at a large Eastern Cape South African Game reserve.

We have in excess of 700 elephants that are presently being photographed and documented by volunteer game rangers and their family.


We are trying to create a cloud based folder where each elephant that has be photographed can be identified at a later date by the next photograph we take of them. Hopefully when we re-photograph them the software will be able to identify the elephant as one we have photographed/documented earlier.

We are trying to document the siblings, the mothers and fathers if possible. This will be an ongoing identification of these animals.


Hopefully there is some sort of software which has been developed that can measure tusks, ears (size or shape) and/or size of tusks etc. Face recognition?


Hopefully you can point me in the right direction.


Kind regards





Just a test to see if this thread is active. Graham

Hi Graham,

I work as a consultant for WILDLABS and we are starting a new project to look at how we can better share data in conservation to leverage AI. Fostering a more open approach for Machine Learning models that can be used in a broad range of applications.

The UK government is helping us incentivising data sharing and there is some work going on to help collect, organise and share (where appropriate) valuable data to create the algorithms for this type of work. Would you be interested in having a Skype call to hear more about the programme?



Graham and Soph, Wild Me (wildme.org) is working on elephant photo ID with our academic partners. Would love to talk further about our Wildbook project (wildbook.org) and upcoming elephant application in 2019. [email protected]

Hi Jason

Thanks for your response.

I ahve tried all the large software applications like Photoshop, Elements, lightroom, google without positive results.

I was in the park on the weekend and photographed over a hundred elephants to see if any of the above would work.


Please keep me informed if you have any breakthrough in the recognition software.