Rangers at Kuzikus Wildlife Reserve need your help to find wild animals in their reserve. This will enable our ranger friends to better protect these beautiful animals from poachers and other threats.
According to the rangers, "Rhino poaching continues to be a growing problem that threatens to extinguish some rhino species within a decade or two. Rhino monitoring is thus important for their protection. Using digital maps in combination with MicroMappers to trace aerial images of rhinos could greatly improve rhino monitoring efforts."
This is where we come in!
Our shields strategy has changed, so please read carefully.
We'll use the "Aerial Clicker" to search for wildlife in aerial photographs of the Kuzikus Reserve. In this mini tutorial, we'll show you how to draw "digital shields" around the animals you find. But first, here are examples of helpful shields (versus unhelpful ones):
The white outlines are the shields that we drew using the Aerial Clicker above. Notice that our shields include the shadows of the animals, this important. If the animals are close to each other, the shields can overlap but there can only be one shield per animal (one shield per rhino in this case : )
These shields are too close to the animals, please give them more room!
These shields are too big.
If you’ve found something that may be an animal but you’re not sure, then please draw a shield anyway just in case. Don’t worry if most pictures don’t have any animals. Knowing where the animals are not is just as important as knowing where they are!
This looks like a giraffe! So lets draw a shield.
This shield does not include the giraffe’s shadow! So lets try again.
This shield is too large. Lets try again!
Now that’s perfect!
Here are some more pictures of animals that we'll be looking for. As a digital ranger, you'll simply need to draw shields around these animals, that's all there is to it. The shields can overlap if need be, but remember: one shield per animal, include their shadows and give them some room to move around : )
Can you spot the ostriches? Click picture above to enlarge. You'll be abel to zoom in with the Aerial Clicker during the Wildlife Challenge.
Can you spot the five oryxes in the above? Actually, there may be a 6th one in the shadows, can you spot it?
And the impalas in the left of the picture? Again, you'll be able zoom in with the Aerial Clicker.
Here's a short video on how to use the Aerial Clicker to actually draw shields:
Some final tips before your expedition!