Application of Infrared Technology in Wildlife Conservation

Wildlife is an important part of natural ecosystem, and is a precious resource gifted to us by nature. With the continuous development of infrared technology, infrared thermal imaging provides a safe and non-destructive way of detection and data acquisition for animal protection, and it has been widely used in animal protection.

Integrating infrared cores or modules with airborne systems is the most common application way of infrared thermal imaging in animal protection. For example, a drone that is integrated into infrared camera core can monitor the activities of animals 24/7, and transmit the image to the staff in real time, so that abnormities can be located immediately.

1. Animal health monitoring

Infrared thermal imaging technology can monitor the health state of animals. When their bodies occur anomalies, their body temperature will undergo abnormal changes, which are unable to be observed by eyes. However, infrared thermal imaging can identify abnormal individuals, and provides temperature data for staff to analyze.

2. Animal behaviors research

Infrared thermal imaging can be used for measuring different temperature changes of animals with different behaviors. For example, by using infrared thermal imaging, researchers have found that when a potential threat is present (such as a worker wearing lab coat with a net), the temperature in the nose area of macaques will significantly decrease within 10-30seconds. This is of great significance for the study of animal behavior.

3. Wildlife protection

Infrared thermal imaging is not affected by darkness, rain, snow, haze and other bad weather, and can track animals, especially injured ones. In addition, in the case of good environmental concealment, it can also identify hunters, helping capture hunting groups and enhancing animal protection.

Wildlife protection is related to the harmonious coexistence between man and nature. As an advanced technology, infrared thermal imaging has significant value in wildlife protection and research.

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