AI to save iconic species
The London-based Environmental Investigation Agency announced it is developing an artificial intelligence tool to match tigers to stripes on skin products, tracing their origins to combat poaching.
There are now believed to be fewer than 4,500 wild tigers left in the world.
The biggest culprit in the iconic animals' decline has been poaching to feed the illegal trade of tiger parts.
Some of those illegal products are used in traditional medicines, but tiger pelts are also highly prized as decorative items.
The unique stripy coats that make them so sought after, however, are also helping conservation workers tackle the poaching problem — and they should soon get a big helping hand from artificial intelligence.