Tuesday, 31 Mar, 2009 Environment
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Latest Rare Animal Sightings to Be Observed on Google Earth

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Soon those who enjoy watching wildlife will have the possibility to observe latest rare sightings of animals by simply using their computers.

It is worth mentioning that some researchers use cameras with infrared triggers, which are also known as camera traps, in order to watch, count and spot large mammals in remote areas.

Recently it was reported that Google Earth will feature latest images taken by camera traps established in Ecuador by researchers from Earthwatch.

By adding their photos on Google Earth, researchers look forward to increase awareness of endangered species, promote donations and engage tourists in supporting preservation efforts.

"It's a form of fishing or hunting that doesn't kill anything," says on of the Earthwatch's scientists, Mika Peck of the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK, who is also the leading researcher of the project.

Some of the rare mammals caught on camera in the cloud forest feature the spectacled bear, also known as "Paddington Bear", which lives in South America; puma and deer.

Researchers hope to expand their idea by taking rare sighting in other reserves and thus motivate the local government to use this in order to control all their forests. They hope that the system will start running by July.

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