1726 N Terry St, Portland, Oregon, USA
Technology in marine conservation, Photo identification, Database, Conservation technology
Wild Me builds open software and artificial intelligence for the conservation research community, which enables the contribution of citizen science. Their software programme Wildbook, automatically identifies individual animals by their unique coat patterns or other hallmark features, such as fluke or ear outlines. It was started off to improve the tracking of whale sharks which was previously done by attaching plastic tags to the animals that had often never resurfaced. The platform has since grown into a vast database of various different species, including sea turtles, manta rays, sharks, whales, dolphins, big cats, giraffes and zebras.