Serengeti wildlife photo project launches

17th Dec 2012

US scientists have taken millions of photographs of wildlife at Tanzania's Serengeti National Park and they are now asking the public to help identify the creatures.

The University of Minnesota experts set up hundreds of motion-activated cameras and the results have now been published on a new website called Snapshot Serengeti.

A particular focus of the project is to examine how large groups of animals interact in the wild and how herbivores and carnivores coexist.

The researchers are looking at how more than 30 species are distributed around the stunning region in Tanzania.

So for tourists who have recently enjoyed the thrilling experience of family holidays and specialist tours in Tanzania, the Serengeti Snapshot website might just make for a fascinating read.

Similar online projects have been carried out before by the project's sponsor that focused on ocean life, cyclone data and cancer samples, but this one is distinctive in that it gives an up-close view of big cats and other amazing animals in their natural environment.

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