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Wildlife Tracker

Kea Conservation Trust – iOS app

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 species list.

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.

Crowd-sourcing conservation

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.