WWF-Indonesia using machine learning to save critically endangered orangutans | ZDNet

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Sumatran orangutan mother with baby
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World Wildlife Fund for Nature Indonesia (WWF-Indonesia) is on a mission to save critically endangered orangutans in Indonesia.According to WWF, Bornean orangutan populations have declined by more than 50% over the past 60 years and the species’ habitat has been reduced by at least 55% over the past 20 years. Severe declines in the orangutan population native to Indonesia and Malaysia can be traced directly back to humans and their cruel poaching and illegal pet trade practices, as well as causing the destruction of habitats.  As orangutans are largely solitary and spend much of their lives in trees, conservation efforts to accurately measure remaining populations are complicated and time-consuming, WWF-Indonesia explained.In an attempt to accelerate efforts to save the orangutans, WWF-Indonesia has turned to Amazon Web Services (AWS) to use machine learning services to better understand the size and health of orangutan populations in their native habitat.

Must read: The Internet of Wild Things: How the IoT joined the battle against climate changeThe non-profit said this allows them to survey more territories with fewer resources, reduce operating expenses, and channel more of the conservation funding to protect the biodiversity of Indonesia.

“With careful use of …

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