Protecting our heritage
The Wildlife Tracker app lets New Zealanders and
tourists identify and locate the endangered South
Island parrot, the kea.
We developed this free app after meeting Tamsin
Orr-Walker of the Kea Conservation Trust at Startup
Weekend in Queenstown in late 2014. Her idea for
the app inspired us to get involved and donate our
time to the project.
Simple and smart data gathering
The idea is simple: when the user opens the app,
they have the option of taking a photo, submiting a
photo from their picture library or viewing a
When a photo is taken or submitted, the user
selects the bird or animal they’ve photographed,
and the information is added to an email. The email
includes the photo, the GPS coordinates of where
the photo was taken, and the date and time.
This crowd-sourced information helps the Kea
Conservation Trust to track kea and understand
their movements and patterns, which makes it easier
to protect them. On its own, the Trust simply
doesn’t have the resources to keep tabs on all of
the animals that need its help.
We plan to develop an Android version and add
other endangered species and conservation projects
to the app.