Global launch of Snapshot Hoge Veluwe

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Global launch of Snapshot Hoge Veluwe

Published on
September 7, 2018

As of today, Snapshot Hoge Veluwe, the online platform where everyone can view photographs of wild animals, will be globally promoted by Zooniverse. The National Park De Hoge Veluwe will thus join other prominent nature reserves such as Antarctica, the rain forest in Borneo and Serengeti National Park in Africa. Snapshot Hoge Veluwe was developed in cooperation with Wageningen University & Research.

Numerous cameras have been installed throughout the National Park De Hoge Veluwe to take photos of passing wild animals 24 hours a day. These photos are used by Wageningen University & Research to study the animals’ behaviour. But which animal is in which photo? To find the answers, the photos have been put online so that everyone can help to identify the animals. This offers people throughout the world the unique opportunity to spot wild animals at moments and places that are not normally not accessible.

Citizen science

Snapshot Hoge Veluwe was developed by the National Park De Hoge Veluwe and Wageningen University & Research. Up to now, the project was accessible only via hogeveluwe.nl/snapshot. But as of today, Snapshot Hoge Veluwe is also being promoted on Zooniverse.org, the biggest and most popular global platform for citizen science: research conducted by non-professionals.

The Park is honoured to be the first European National Park on Zooniverse and hopes that more people will now spot wild animals online. This will contribute to scientific research, as well as being an enjoyable pastime. No prior knowledge is needed: the Snapshot Hoge Veluwe page contains a lot of information about the more frequent sorts of animals, and participants are also assisted with their first photo analysis.

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