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Keyur Bhatti

Camera trap study of Congo Basin wildlife response to COVID19 and increased hunting

Background: During COVID19 hunting in the Congo Basin increased as other livelihood options were scarce. 

Project: We completed a camera trapping survey in 2022 to assess the state of the situation, and want to compare these results to the pre-COVID state of wildlife. This project will sort 50 camera traps using the Wildlife Insights AI platform to help identify wildlife in images to the species level. Then we will produce a report about the decline of wildlife. 

The project involves the following steps:

  1. Converting hidden camera images of wildlife for AI/ML analysis and human confirmation

  2. Analyzing detection histories to determine occupancy and abundance of wildlife through time. 

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