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Animal trackers

Animal trackers

Today’s Spotlight uses images, by Dr. Paddy Ryan/The National Heritage Collection, of the Otago Skink and the Jeweled Gecko in a photo‑illustration by Christine Daniloff/MIT.

Keeping track of individuals in an endangered population of animals is a cumbersome and time‑consuming task.

Conservationists physically tag animals in the wild to better follow them over time. But tagging can be intrusive for many species, and difficult to accomplish in larger populations. As an alternative, scientists have photographed animals in their natural environments and catalogued the images, along with information such as individuals’ dimensions and geographic locations.

However, as images accumulate, picking out individuals from among thousands of pictures can be a monumental task.

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