Cheetah Tracking Tech
A computer system used to track the health of livestock is now being put to monitor zoo animals. The technology is the work of a Chadron, Nebraska native who is working on her doctorate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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[00:00:02.630]10 year old Bella likes to be alone.
[00:00:05.250]Cheetahs are solitary animals,
[00:00:07.650]but cameras help zoo keepers watch out for her safety.
[00:00:11.680]These are the cameras that we installed
[00:00:15.190]in six different enclosures,
[00:00:17.030]three inside and three in our outdoor enclosures.
[00:00:19.800]University of Nebraska Lincoln graduate student
[00:00:22.330]Haley Beer installed the cameras as part of her research.
[00:00:26.040]Using special software,
[00:00:27.610]Beer will analyze and study the behavior
[00:00:30.460]of the four cheetahs at the zoo.
[00:00:32.720]Our overall goal for this project
[00:00:35.330]is to able to detect their normal behavior,
[00:00:38.980]what they do every single day.
[00:00:40.770]And eventually the software has the ability
[00:00:43.620]to be able to detect deviations from this normal behavior,
[00:00:49.430]Cheetahs behave differently around humans.
[00:00:51.840]So the camera and software system will help zookeepers
[00:00:54.720]catch illness earlier and better understand animal behavior.
[00:00:58.970]We hope to translate this technology
[00:01:00.790]and be able to use it in giraffe, in tiger,
[00:01:03.550]as in other species.
[00:01:04.970]And then using that opportunity,
[00:01:07.080]we can improve the welfare of many, many species
[00:01:09.260]that we have here at the zoo.
[00:01:11.280]The system was originally developed
[00:01:13.130]to monitor livestock.
[00:01:14.770]The technology recognizes and follows individual animals,
[00:01:18.610]like the pigs in this video.
[00:01:20.810]Animal Science and Engineering faculty
[00:01:23.090]collaborated on the project
[00:01:24.610]as a research tool for identifying sick and injured animals.
[00:01:29.050]Our system has the ability
[00:01:30.410]to continuously monitor group housed livestock
[00:01:33.430]for an extended period of time.
[00:01:35.100]So it's very exciting.
[00:01:36.980]And especially if it's a tool that at some point
[00:01:39.120]comes out and helps our producers to increase production
[00:01:42.640]and increase the efficiency of it,
[00:01:44.140]and improve health and wellbeing.
[00:01:46.570]Now that technology may help protect wildlife.
[00:01:50.000]I think the idea of being able to propagate a species
[00:01:54.640]because of this developing technology
[00:01:57.190]is a really beautiful thing.
[00:01:58.630]And I am really excited to see
[00:02:00.830]where this will go in the future.
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