Monday, January 17, 2005
Counting Elephants from Space
Scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) are now counting the animals in their Bronx zoo with the help of a satellite orbiting 280 miles above the Earth -- and New York. In this news release, they say they're so pleased with the results that they plan to count wildlife populations in remote locations in other parts of the world. In the months to come, they'll count "elephants and giraffes in Tanzania, flamingos in South America, and elk, bison and antelope in Wyoming." I wonder if one day they will start to count humans too.
They add that you need a "trained eye" to spot the animals, and believe me, it's true. They released images which look like a bunch of messy pixels to my "untrained eyes." You can see what I mean by checking this overview which contains one image where they spotted a giraffe, but also more details and references.
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