Wild Me is a Portland-based nonprofit organization that focuses on combatting extinction of animals with citizen science and AI. Wild Me is joining Microsoft’s AI for Earth program to accelerate its capabilities to more effectively and efficiently use software and AI to combat extinction. Wild Me monitors migrations and interactions of animals, and evaluate threats faced by animals to inform and improve conservation efforts.
“The world is facing a major biodiversity crisis, and Wild Me’s work in harnessing computer vision and machine learning to monitor and track individual animals is truly groundbreaking,” said Bonnie Lei, AI for Earth project manager at Microsoft. “Microsoft hopes to accelerate Wild Me’s conservation impact by enabling wider usage of its open source algorithms through making them available on Microsoft Azure as APIs, and boosting the speed and accuracy of its entire Wildbook platform by migrating it over to Azure.”
“Wildbook democratizes science and conservation,” said Tanya Berger-Wolf, director at Wild Me and professor at University of Illinois-Chicago. “The partnership with Microsoft will allow us to enable science and conservation at planetary scale and high resolution over time, space and individual animals.”