Right now, the Serengeti Lion Project is conducting a major survey in the Serengeti National Park with 230 camera traps taking pictures and capturing data on how the Serengeti lions coexist with their competitors. The problem is that the cameras are taking over a million pictures each year and with no internet connection the project researchers are having trouble sending and analyzing all the data.
To solve the problem the Serengeti Lion Project needs to get online and to find funds to do so it has turned to crowdfunding. The campaign is already running in the SciFund crowdfunding platform and with it the project expects to raise the $14,000 which, will cover the costs of hardware and setup as well as the first six months of internet.
By going online, the Serengeti Lion Project will be allowing the researchers at the University of Minnesota to analyze the data much faster. The project will also make the pictures available to everyone on the internet, with funding contributors getting exclusive first-hand access to footage.
The Serengeti Lion Project has been studying African lions for over 40 years.
These camera trappings we have set up capture an incredible amount of pictures and we are now in position to share them with the public, but this is where our project has stalled and we could use the public’s help.
Craig Packer, Ecology Professor in the University of Minnesota, to mndaily.com