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Meetup Topic Ideas - Do you have something to share?

Hi everyone,  I'm keen to hear from members of the group for ideas or nominations about topics for future meetups. I think one of the strengths of the group is that it...

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Hi Stephanie,

A postdoc friend at Newcastle University has been involved in developing and implementing Tumbling Dice's  Rana camera trap project for detecting pollinators. Not your average camera trap, Rana detects frames in which a substantial number of pixels in that frame differ from the previous frame and in which these motion-pixels are concentrated into a small area, “the blob”. They used this technology for monitoring pollinator visits to pasqueflower (Pulsatilla vulgaris) in the Chilterns. They are off to Utah to start a new job in 2017 but they could be a great candidate?

It's also well worth checking out Tumbling Dice's other projects including Daisy for automated species recognition at

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Conservation tech in SE Asia

Hi folks I am interested in finding out more about how technology is being used in conservation in SE Asia and in particular what Asian companies are involved in making...

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Hi JC, 

I'm looking for similar information for E.Africa (particularly Kenya). Not sure how much these overlap, but have found the following; SMART, Cybertracker, Jigzaw, WILD, MIST, METT, Land PKS. Seems like a big focus on anti-poaching/security. Are you aware/can you please point me to others you may have heard of? 

Best Wishes,


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IUCN Post discussion

Hi all,   I'm curious, what to you was the most inspiring thing about the Congress? What was the best talk? Who had the best giveaway items? What to you made...

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Download our handy guide for the tech sessions at WCC

We've scoured the 1000+ sessions in the IUCN World Conservation Congress program to create a Conservation Technology Pathway. With so many tech sessions going on, I...

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Thank you very much @StephODonnell 


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Are you heading to Hawai'i for the IUCN World Conservation Congress?

We're two weeks out from the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawai'i. 'm keen to meet as many WILDLABS.NET members as possible while I'm there, so if...

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I won't be attending the IUCN conference in Hawaii, but I am writing an article on efforts to curtail the illegal wildlife trade through greater regional and international cooperation between the entities tasked with stopping the trade.

The premise of the artlice will  focus on the issues raised in this working paper.

I'd like to focus on initiatives underway to clamp  down on the transportation and logistics aspects of the global trade.  And I'd like to interview the representatives of the conservation groups and agency officials attending for their views on what they'd like to see happen at Cop17.

My deadline is Sept 8th. But I'd like to conduct interviews this coming week.


Enrique Gili
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Presenting at the IUCN Congress? Share your event details

We're developing a full schedule of all the conservation tech events at the Congress, to be released in the next few days. There are more than 60 tech sessions...

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Hi all

We are running a session on IUCN's decision support tools (mostly databases) for addressing invasive alien species. Many of the tools have come about due to mandates from CBD, and in partnership with other organisations.

Species Conservation Pavilion

4 September 2016

19:30 - 21:30

Details can be seen here -

Many thanks

On behalf of the United States Department of State, I'd like to invite all interested conservationists, technologists, and others to take part in-person or online in a conservation technology event centered around the upcoming Zoohackathon

On Friday, September 2 at 1:00 - 1:30 pm in the U.S. Pavilion at the World Conservation Congress, Undersecretary of State Cathy Novelli will host a group of leading wildlife officials, including CITES Secretary General John Scanlon and Association of Zoos and Aquariums Executive Director Kris Vehrs, for a conversation about Zoohackathon and conservation technology generally. We'll show off the recently developed Wildlife Witness app and then answer a few questions solicitied from YOU via!

Please reply to this thread, write me directly, or follow up with other Zoohackathon threads on WildLabs to ask your conservation tech questions to this group of senior officials. Before the event, we'll pull a few of these questions and ask our panel, film the responses, and provide film and transcript follow-ups on WildLabs.

And if you can join us at the event in Hawaii, we'd love to see you! Then stick around for Jane Goodall's talk immediately following.



Zoohackathon Global Coordinator, U.S. Department of State, [email protected] 


Hi @StephODonnell and others,

I'll be joining NOAA, Pew, Walton etc for a workshop on "Application of Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) Tools for Marine Protected Area (MPA) Enforcement" (session number: 10303; room 307AB; September 2, 2:30-7pm).

My part will be to present on a project that Stimson is launching ahead of the Our Ocean Conference called Secure Our Oceans, focused on technology and innovation for ocean security, including IUU (partnership with National Geographic). Check out




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Second Tiger Cub Dies in Crimea Zoo After Blackout

Not really sure the death of a rare (endangered) second Bengal Tiger cub, because of the technological catastrophe on Crimean peninsula, is the right...

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Hi Sofia, 

While there is a argument that the death of Bengal Tigers at a zoo in Crimea could potentially be viewed wildlife crime, your original post was unclear about how this was relevant to a professional community that is focused on collaborating and sharing ideas about conservation technology. I would argue that technological innovation might not be the most important element for finding a solution to the problem you have identified. Rather, there are political, social and economic factors that must be addressed as a higher priority, and if addressed effectively, will negate the need for a complex technological solution to this issue.

That being said, I welcome any community member who might be interested to continue the discussion below. 





Hi, Stephanie

"WILDLABS.NET is a community of conservationists, technologists, engineers, data scientists, entrepreneurs and change makers. Together, we share information, ideas, tools and resources to discover and implement technology-enabled solutions to some of the biggest conservation challenges facing our planet. Join the Community to share your knowledge, explore ongoing projects, ask questions and identify major questions and needs. This community is a centralised space for field based conservationists to connect directly with technology experts, to share their challenges and source new ideas for solutions. Connecting with users on the ground will help technologists and innovators to test ideas in field environments, and adapt systems that can accelerate conservation gains. The problems faced by our planet cannot be solved by people working in silos. Become part of theCommunity and work together to build the solutions." (from WILDLABS.NET front page)

Bengal tigers (especially white ones) are identified as endangered species. Blackouts can happen anywhere.. So, as this is a community based on technological solutions, discussions, and sharing ideas and collaborating, I believed someone could have an idea about what can we, as conservationists, do, in order to prevent such loses of endangered species in the zoos, in the future. I'm less interested in politics when it concerns the lives of innocent animals suffering from imperfect conditions in the zoos etc. Any loss of endangered species, anywhere in the world, is a wildlife crime, because we can not afford to let our children live in the world where there's no elephants, rhinos or bengal tigers etc.

On the contrary, this is exactly what I've been saying, that technological innovations (ideas, projects) are exactly what could we all seriously regard in order to solve such problem that happened to the animals in the Crimean zoo. For example, zoos areas could have better equipment with alternative energy generators, or some innovative energy generators. In case of a blackout for example (man-made, natural, technological), in some country for example, it immediately puts at risk the zoos |and the safety and security of its animals|(and not only, but here we discuss environmental issues), for example if it's a cold country: Finland, Russia, Ukraine, Canada etc, on my opinion, I think it would be better if the zoos be equipped with alternative power generators. So, if anyone in the community, have an idea what kind of innovations could be used for the zoos (all over the world) I would be happy to read.

Thank you,

With love,


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discussion is a great resource

I just wanted to plug Monga Bay's WildTech area of their site. It's a great resource for information highly relevant to the topics in this forum. Just today there was...

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Thanks for the link - yes, I agree Mongabay's WildTech areas is a great resource for anyone interested in keeping up to date with the latest conservation tech news. Sue Palminteri's article is facinating and is definitely worth a read. The video showing the daily movement of elephants is particularly interesting (see the screenshot below) - it was a case study Katherine Chou of spoke about in her Fuller Symposium address as well. That they're getting close to real time monitoring is very exciting - it would have been amazing to have that capacity in other projects I've been involved with. 

The key take-aways you highlight match a lot of what came up in the Fuller Symposium and other discussions about HWC. The consensus from Wired in the Wild - Can technology save the planet?   was that no, it cannot. It is simply a very useful tool that, when used appropriately, could have significant impacts in the challenges conservation is attempting to tackle. Numerous speakers drove home the point that technology is not and should not be the starting point; we need to be technology agnostic. We must start by understanding the challenge and then looking at what (if any) technology might help to address it given the circumstances. 

The Elephants and Bees approach is a great example of why we need to start with challenge rather than the technology. Sometimes the best solution is the low tech approach. Nilanga Jayasinghe highlighed this in her thought piece about HWC - giving a similar example of work WWF is doing in Nepal: 

'During a recent visit to Nepal, I visited rural villages where wild elephants often raid rice fields during harvest season. The communities had installed electric fences but this tool didn't always succeed on its own. Elephants are smart and persistent: they had learned to break the fence’s electric current, and then the fence itself, by using trees to push over the supporting stakes. To solve this problem, we worked with farmers to dig fish ponds in front of the fences as an additional obstacle. Adding an additional barrier not only made it harder for the elephants to get into the fields, it also gave the communities more time to respond and drive elephants away. This simple solution has not only reduced elephant raids, but has also improved local livelihoods from the sale of the fish grown in the ponds.' 


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