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WildCam Darién

Main Project Information
Presented By Zooniverse
Goal Help scientists find jaguars in the jungles of Panama!
Task Participants identify animals using trail camera images.
Where Online only
Description

We are studying jaguars at two sites in Panama: Darién National Park and Soberanía National Park. Although both are tropical forests, they differ in terms of their wildlife and human presence in the park. Darién is an extremely remote park located on the Colombian border and can only be reached by boat or on foot. The tropical forest ecosystem is nearly pristine and is home to many large animals like jaguars, pumas, tapirs, peccaries, harpy eagles, and macaws. But as people establish cattle ranches and farms in the surrounding area, the park’s wildlife is becoming threatened. In contrast, Soberanía has long been affected by human activities due to its location alongside the Panama Canal and close proximity to Panama’s two largest cities. Many of the large animals that are found in Darién have either disappeared or are very rare in Soberanía. We are using trail cameras to study which animals are continuing to thrive in Soberanía, and how jaguars and other large animals in Darién are responding to an increasing human presence in the area.

How to Join

In WildCam Darién, you’ll be exploring photos from camera traps in national parks in Panama. By identifying the animals that you see in the photos, you’ll help track their continued recovery. Begin at www.wildcamdarien.org

Project Timing Images and data are available year-round!
Website http://www.wildcamdarien.org
Social Media
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity Exclusively online
Training Materials www.wildcamdarien.org
Class Materials http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/wildcam-darien
Tags animals, central america, citizen science, citizen science project, computer, conservation, darien, education, education resource, environmental education, images, national parks, online, online photo, panama, photography, science, trail camera, wildcam, wildlife, zooniverse
Project Updated 05/23/2018