Wildlife Conservation Meets Virtual Reality
Many people see virtual reality as a technology that can affect many different industries in unique positive ways. Now you can add wildlife conservation to the list of industries that virtual reality is shaking up.
Virtual reality is now assisting researchers across the globe to analyze conditions of distant species and environments as though they were right there at the location.
We’re seeing this first in a study being done to comprehend the environment that endangered jaguars are living in within the Peruvian Amazon.
Researchers are utilizing this information to upgrade their statistical and mathematical models to predict the location and how many jaguars there will be. They’re also able to understand possible threats and trends as they relate to the population.
This approach is being utilized in other threatened regions such as the Great Barrier Reef as well. Currently, jaguars are a threatened species, but since there isn’t enough information, researches that want to help conserve land have trouble figuring out what exactly needs to be done, due to that lack of information.
Researches at the Lupunaluz Foundation and the Queensland University of Technology put together 360-degree video footage to recreate different parts of the Amazon. The footage is going to enable policy makers and researchers across the world to simply put on a VR headset and immerse themselves in a particular location, just like they were at that location.
This is a new way to study wildlife conservation as it connects knowledge from across the world with virtual reality technology which in turn helps facilitate more accurate models to predict future jaguar behaviors and populations as well as predicting how they will move.