Virtual Reality Can Help Save Endangered Animals

Conservationists have a new, high-tech tool: virtual reality. Across the world, scientists are using immersive digital experiences to help protect endangered species.  On a recent trip to Peru, Kerrie Mengersen, a professor at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology, set up cameras in the jungle to shoot 360-degree videos of possible jaguar habitats. Experts can view clips of the footage, some of which are posted online, to search for signs of jaguars. They can then use statistical models to estimate the location and abundance of jaguars in the area.  Mengersen hopes researchers can use the footage to find “jaguar corridors” — strips of land connecting fragmented jaguar

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