The Zoo Explorer™ system, which is still under development, utilizes cameras and other sensors to enhance visitor satisfaction, animal care & well-being, captivity breeding and animal safety. An obvious application is large mammal exhibits. The animals easily find shady areas or areas with obstructions or of a great distance from visitor viewing areas. A not so obvious application is for small animals on exhibit, where the zoom capabilities of the ZE system can provide close up views.
In our testing, children have enjoyed using our system to view animals on exhibit up close on personal electronic devices like smart phones and tablets. Other guests with height mobility restrictions can enjoy the exhibits more freely.
Animal care staff can use one of our tiny lipstick cameras to observe nesting birds without disturbing them. Other sensors can be used to even detect the temperature of eggs.
Juvenile animals too small to be on exhibit can be viewed by the visitors with our system or monitored by staff 24 hours a day, even remotely on mobile devices.
In any exhibit where distance from the animals is an issue, providing live viewing enhancement is a welcome upgrade. The pictures below show a wolf being viewed from far away, thru binoculars, and then with the Zoo Explorer™ system. The three pictures were taken at the same moment.
We have performed most of our tests with our rapidly deployable field unit, but our cameras and sensors can be imbedded in rock facades and trees. The systems can be wireless and solar powered. Images can be displayed on screens at the exhibit, or viewed on personal devices. Video feeds can be monitored by staff and even recorded. Images can be live streamed to the web, or highlight reels can be created.
The only limit to how our system can improve an exhibit is our imagination.
We want to bring our experience of Releasing Technology Into the Wild™ by helping enhance the zoo experience.
If you would like to find out more, or have a unique exhibit you would like to have us include in our testing, please contact us.
- Enhanced Viewer Satisfaction
- Increased Animal View-ability
- Enhanced Animal Care
- Reduced Handling & Stress
- Improved Animal Safety
- Improved Breeding
Why we saw the need
Zoo Explorer™ Begins
I spend a lot of time trying to apply what I have learned into solving other people's tech problems. Sometimes the solution has already been created, we just need to connect A to B. Other times we have to sprinkle in good solutions that were born from other projects.
But sometimes I come across problems that mean something to me personally, but surprisingly have yet to be solved. One such issue is the difficulty small children are have viewing zoo exhibits. I know it's not on the top ten list of world problems, but to my 4 year old daughter it was an issue.
The problem is exacerbated by zoos that have natural habitats. The animals naturally want to stay away from people or lay in the shade, which makes it difficult for visitors to experience them. This was the case while visiting a popular zoo with my family last summer. "Daddy I can't see them!", was what I heard all day. In all honesty it was hard for me to see the animals as well.
The zoo was doing a few things to try to enhance visitor satisfaction. There was a lot of educational signage and even some QR coding, but for a younger demographic we feel it missed the mark.