LemurFaceID is a new software that has been developed by lemur experts and computer scientists. It is a facial recognition software designed for lemurs and to keep invasiveness to a minimum as the current method of keeping track of lemurs requires them to be captured and tagged, which is very stressful for them.
Identifying lemurs without the technology is the current used method of identification, but it is still very difficult to identify the lemurs with a high accuracy rate by identifying lemurs without technology. This is because they have to be identified by any markings, body shape and size as well as any injuries or scars they have obtained and these factors can change over time. However, to build up the database for the facial recognition, each lemur must be catalogued with each of their unique identifiers such as the markings, body shapes, body sizes and scars and injuries. Building up the database and adding each of these physical characteristics of the lemurs helps provide a more accurate identification system.
The use of this facial recognition software for the lemurs will benefit the species greatly. This is because not only is it painless, non-invasive and nearly 99% accurate, it will also help keep track of the lemur population. The LemurFaceID system will also provide information on their mortality rates as well as their reproduction and how well they reproduce and how frequently they reproduce. The data will also show if there is any growth or decline in the lemur population. All of this information is important as it helps with the conservation of the lemurs.
The facial recognition software could also benefit the lemurs by providing information to law enforcement. The information which will be given to law enforcement would be about the animals being illegally captured in order to help keep the lemur population from becoming endangered.
Although the new facial recognition technology for lemur requires a lot of data input at first, this method of identification will help identify and keep tabs on the lemurs as they are illegally captured and then sold on as pets which also happens to animals of many other species. Research on endangered species will also be possible by using facial recognition software on animals as there are plans to adapt the software to keep track on other species within the animal kingdom.
LemurFaceID has been developed for the use of identifying lemurs in captivity, but the team behind the software do intend to make the use of facial recognition in other species possible. Adapting the software to use facial recognition in more species which are both primates and non primates means that there will be more help for animal conservation. This would be better for the future of all animals as it will help to save endangered species as well as providing better and more accurate information to avoid species becoming endangered.
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