Following African Mammals with the Movement of Life

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
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Head and shoulders photo of a man in a blue fleece jacket. Stitched on the right shoulder of the jacket are a blue and yellow sunburst logo, the words Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and the shapes of four mammals in white.
Credit: Ricardo Stanoss/Smithsonian Institution

For over 100 years, the Smithsonian has been a leader in wildlife tracking, using the latest technologies to better understand animal movement and conserve their populations. Today those efforts have come together under a single network: The Movement of Life Initiative. In our May Earth Optimism webinar, join wildlife ecologist Jared Stabach for a journey into the Smithsonian's animal tracking and conservation activities in Africa. He'll take you to Chad, where the Smithsonian and partners have been reintroducing scimitar-horned oryx, once extinct in the wild. He'll then move on to Kenya, where they're using artificial intelligence to more effectively count wildebeest and other large mammals in high resolution satellite and aerial imagery. Finally, Jared will pan out to reveal how giraffe populations are rebounding across the continent.

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