Identification of 119 wild species in Dzilam, including jaguars

The team from Huawei’s ‘Tech4Nature’ project has identified 119 species in Dzilam, including 88 birds, 22 mammals, five reptiles, and four amphibians, of which 34 are listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, as announced by the Secretary of Sustainable Development of Yucatán.

The Secretary, Sayda Rodríguez, reported that through the monitoring system launched in the Dzilam de Bravo nature reserve last year, signs of wildlife conservation in the region have been found, including at least five jaguars.

Thanks to the continuous and integrated monitoring system that analyzes images and sound data using artificial intelligence for identification, jaguars and other species have been tracked, confirmed the company in a statement.

According to the information revealed, over 30,000 photographs, 550,000 audio recordings, and numerous video clips of wild animals have been collected. Additionally, Huawei explained that the data processing is being carried out using the Huawei Cloud’s ModelArts AI Platform and the Rainforest Connection’s Arbimon AI platform.

Furthermore, Joaquín Saldana, the Strategic Marketing Director of Huawei Latin America, stated that there is a need to upload this large volume of information to a Big Data platform. Currently, the team is working to develop algorithms that will enable individual identification of jaguars, a “crucial” step in determining how many of them reside in the region.

The project has involved the participation of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Yucatán Polytechnic University, the AI for Climate initiative by C Minds, the NGO Rainforest Connection, the local community of Dzilam, and the government authorities of Yucatán. Huawei has provided the Huawei Cloud capabilities for the development of the project.

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