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The world’s most endangered species are under threat from an unsuspecting source—the Internet. The Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online launched this group in partnership with WILDLABS to create a space for discussing the technologies and partnerships that are pushing to turn the tide in the fight against trafficking in wildlife species and products online.


Ceres Wild Rhino application 

An update on Ceres Tags products that are being used in conservation 

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Some updates and a news report on the Malilangwe Trust application of devices; Ceres Trace and Ceres Wild
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Ceres Tag sends just in time alerts and GPS location to have the power to track and trace.

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Who’s who - Introduce yourself!

Welcome to the Combatting Wildlife Cybercrime Community of Practice!  In a few sentences, please introduce yourself, your affiliation, and your areas of interest / focus....

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Welcome to the group, @divyar !  Can you please tell us a little more about yourself and your interests in this thread?  Thanks!


Hi all!  I hope everyon had a restful break.  We have a couple new members to the group!  @dalenerusso and @ediminin can you please introduce yourselves here?

Hello All,

My name is Karima Cherif and I work for WildAid Marine and our focus is to end wildlife trafficking in our lifetime. I specialize in marine electronics and work in Gabon, Galapagos, Tanzania, and the Bahamas. In Gabon, we have many small scale fishing canoes that transport illegal bush meat such as pangolin and shark fin. Especially, with COVID the trafficking is increasing as people are becoming more despair to feed their families and cover their basic expenses. I append an article from NBC that discussing a new app that we developed in 2020 called O-Fish (Officer's Fisheries Information Sharing Hub). It is free and we invite MPA managers and agencies to try it.

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Machine learning to help fight illegal wildlife trade on social media

Hi everyone, here's a great paper by our friend Enrico Di Minin and team on the importance and challenges of leveraging social media platforms to monitor illegal wildlife...

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@ediminin, thank you for your reply! Your paper was a great read. It's been a little over a year since I asked this question, but didn't get a chance to log in to the site again or follow-up. As you mentioned, is the code from new analyses available now? Thanks in advance for any pointers!


If the actual analysis has been performed, is the dataset available? I had some time during the pandemic and wanted to do something very similar. I e-mailed many different people for a workable dataset but had no luck.

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Hi all, does anyone have experience in using ImageNet?  It is an image database that is organized according to the WordNet...

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Hi, deep learning frameworks like Pytorch and Tensorflow come with state-of-the-art image recognition models (VGG, GoogleLeNet, ResNet, Inception etc.) already pre-trained on ImageNet, so one can just download and use them straight away.

This provides a solid starting point as these models have already learnt how to classify objects really well. Transfer learning can then be used to fine-tune them for a specific task like identifying ivory in photos. This just requires that you tweak the existing model a bit and train it on a smaller custom dataset of the image’s/categories you would like to classify.

Hope that helps!

Really helpful, @adnortje !  And thanks for listing out some of the latest and greatest image recognition models.  Do you know of any programs that are using GoogleLeNet for wildlife image recognition, by chance?

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New projects and publications: Discussion

Hi everyone!  Be sure to include your new publications or any new projects you'd like more information on in this thread.   Thanks! Lu

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Hi everyone! 

Check out this great write up, featuring ChimpFace, one of our community member Alexandra Russo's projects:

ChimpFace is a facial recognition software that is developed from publicly available image datasets, research and chimpanzee organizations.  The software identifies individual chimpanzees online that are likely to be trafficked, and tags them for review by wildlife experts.  You can visit: for more details.  Comment below if you have any questions on this project!

Hi all, there is someone on the WILDLABS community looking for help with developing a cloud based folder for over 700 elephants.  Here's his request.  Let me know if you'd like me to put you in touch with him: 

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 mother’s 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 shapes) and/or size of tusks etc. Face recognition?

Hi everyone! 

Check out the WILDLABS Virtual Meetup: Low-Cost, Open-Source Solutions, which is the first webinar of the series this year! Tanya Berger-Wolf (Co-Founder and Director of, who also attended our AI workshop, will be a speaker at the event as well as Alasdair Davies (Founder of Arribada Initiative) and David Lang (Co-Founder of OpenROV and Open Explorer). Their talks will be followed by open discussion and community exchange. For more information and to RSVP, please click on the following link:

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Main Talks: 3:00-4:00pm GMT / 10:00-11:00am EDT

Additional half hour for discussion: 4:00-4:30pm GMT / 11:00-11:30 EDT

The WILDLABS Virtual Meetup Series is a program of webinars for community members and wider partners to discuss emerging topics in conservation technology and leverage existing community groups for virtual exchange. The aim of the series is to bring leading engineers in the tech sector together with conservation practitioners to share information, identify obstacles, and discuss how to best move forward.

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Upcoming events

What events will you be attending in 2019 related to wildlife cybercrime?  What events might be of interest to the Community?

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