Wētā Watcher

A smart camera that monitors wētā and other invertebrates.

Archey's frog. Photo by Auckland's Zoo.

Giant wētā on forest floor.
Victor Anton / Wildlife.ai

Giant Wētā. Photo by Victor Anton.

Essential biodiversity

Insects and reptiles represent a crucial part of our biodiversity.

They are involved in numerous ecosystem process like nutrient cycling, predation, and plant pollination.

Green gecko. Photo by Katie Ro.

Cryptic species

Their camouflage skills and small size often contributes to insufficient information about their ecology and conservation status.

Footprints on a tracking card

Old school tools

Current monitoring techniques of insects and reptiles have multiple limitations and drawbacks.

Caption of researcher setting up a camera trap

Camera traps?

Camera traps are a promising tool to better understand how to protect insect and reptile species.

Unfortunately, most commercially available cameras do not work for ectotherms.

We are engineering and testing a device that takes videos of ground-dwelling invertebrates and herpetofauna (lizards/geckos).

The device is designed to be low-powered, open source and 3D print available.

Charles Palmer
Charles Palmer
Lindsay Chan
Lindsay Chan
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