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Intelligent video system deployed to protect pangolins

Video Technology Company hikvision recently started working with partners to protect the pangolin population in the Wuquinzhang Reserve in Guangdong, China.

Best known for its security products and applications, the company deployed an intelligent video system to monitor the animals’ activities and their interaction with humans. The system integrates professional video software with special features, including AI-equipped cameras that can automatically identify this unique animal.

“Protecting pangolins is of great value in protecting biodiversity in our forests,” said Li Chen, director of Xizijiang Ecological Conservation Center, a nonprofit organization for monitoring, studying and protecting wildlife.

Emphasis has been placed on researching and monitoring wild pangolin populations and their habitats. Patrolling forests and mountains has radically reduced poaching efforts while bolstering ongoing research into the artificial breeding measures currently underway.

“The intelligent video system enables smart, information-based and real-time monitoring of pangolins. It relieves researchers of patrol pressure and provides valuable data for pangolin scientific research. We expect that in the future of the Wuquinzhang Reserve, more technologies will be used to protect pangolins so that more of them can thrive here,” he added.

Before the system was installed, research in the reserve was hampered by the lack of data and video footage about the local ecosystem in general and pangolin activity in particular.

Researchers were forced to travel tens of miles on foot deep into mountainous regions and dense, unfriendly forests to collect only very limited data. However, after the Hikvision system was introduced, workers have been given access to large amounts of video footage, in which they study and document the living habits of pangolins. These valuable materials are currently helping to reveal and restore populations as they facilitate the work of researchers.

Critically Endangered

Pangolins, also known as “guardians of the forest,” are ancient creatures that have appeared in fossil records possibly dating back as far as 35-55 million years. Even with the strong shield that pangolins carry, their populations have declined at an alarming rate – the result of poaching and illegal trade.

In addition, deforestation and intrusive human activities have profoundly disrupted their forest ecosystems, leaving pangolins vulnerable. The destruction of their habitats further exacerbates their plight. Pangolins feed almost exclusively on ants and termites. Such a simple diet makes them particularly bad at adapting to changes in their environment.

In China alone, the population is estimated to have declined by an exorbitant 90% since the 1960s, prompting the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to red-list the Chinese pangolin as a critically endangered animal.

Governments and international organizations have stepped up their efforts over the years to tackle poaching and illegal trade in pangolins. Significant resources have been devoted to the protection and breeding of the animals in the field. The United Nations has designated the third Saturday in February as “World Pangolin Day” to raise awareness about protecting these creatures around the world.

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