She's a Scientist: Haley Beer
An animal science graduate student uses video cameras to monitor the health and behavior of captive cheetahs.
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- [00:00:02.930]10-year-old Bella likes to be alone.
- [00:00:05.550]Cheetahs are solitary animals, but cameras help zoo keepers
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- [00:00:11.700]These are the cameras that we installed
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- [00:00:20.090]University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate student
- [00:00:22.630]Haley Beer installed the cameras as part of her research
- [00:00:25.920]in collaboration with the Lincoln Children's Zoo.
- [00:00:29.570]Using special software, Beer will analyze
- [00:00:32.580]and study the behavior of the four cheetahs at the zoo.
- [00:00:36.200]Our overall goal for this project is to be able
- [00:00:39.390]to detect their normal behavior,
- [00:00:42.450]what they do every single day.
- [00:00:44.330]The software has the ability to be able to detect deviations
- [00:00:49.200]from this normal behavior, a typical behavior.
- [00:00:52.250]Cheetahs behave differently around humans.
- [00:00:54.680]So the camera and software system will help zookeepers
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- [00:01:01.740]By observing them 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- [00:01:04.760]and being able to learn what's normal,
- [00:01:06.570]number one, it tells us a lot about the personalities
- [00:01:08.810]of our cats that we otherwise wouldn't get to have,
- [00:01:11.220]but also we hope to translate this technology
- [00:01:13.450]and be able to use it in giraffe,
- [00:01:15.500]in tiger and another species
- [00:01:17.390]and then we can improve the welfare
- [00:01:18.900]of many, many species that we have here at the zoo
- [00:01:21.470]rather than just one.
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- [00:01:25.170]The system was originally developed
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- [00:01:28.840]The technology recognizes and follows individual animals
- [00:01:32.690]like the pigs in this video.
- [00:01:34.930]Beer developed her love of wildlife as a zookeeper.
- [00:01:38.170]As a master's student, she traveled to South Africa to help
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- [00:01:43.920]She says her current research with cheetahs
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- [00:01:48.300]I think eventually we'd be able
- [00:01:49.890]to learn an astounding amount of information
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- [00:01:55.960]and I think that it will be useful for all species
- [00:02:00.430]and I'm really excited to see
- [00:02:02.420]where this will go in the future.
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