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Satellites can provide a high resolution imagery of the earth which can provide great insights into the state of the earth, animals, and human activity. However, manually counting elephants from space is a bit like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

But a team of scientists leveraging AI led by the University of Oxford Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, WildCRU are doing just that.

Using pictures from an Earth-observation satellite, they can cover over 5,000 km² of elephant habitat to be surveyed on a single cloud-free day.

The project was a collaboration between WildCRU, the Machine Learning Research Group’s Department of Engineering and the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

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