In the name of development we, human beings, have relentlessly pushed our boundaries and systematically destroyed the environment that we are living in. Sadly, the brunt, of our over expanding population and never-ending needs, is faced by the wildlife whose natural habitat is stripped away from them. With no place to live in, they are often compelled to enter the periphery of the ‘human civilization’. This has paved way for various fatal accidents that can either kill these wild animals or leave them severely injured. However, to put an end to this, ‘Roadkills’, a citizen-science initiative has taken upon them to reduce wildlife mortality, install wildlife crossing structures and improve passenger safety whenever a road is planned or upgraded. The initiative is a flagship of the Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT).
ABOUT THE WILDLIFE ‘ROADKILLS’ APP
A ‘Roadkills’ app has been launched where citizens can report emergency cases that require immediate attention. In such cases, a person can upload Geo-tagged photographs via the ‘Roadkills’ app so that necessary action can be taken. Moreover, if a person knows any additional information about the animal, such as the name of the species, he/she can feed the information to ease the process. The information collected will then be used to create a database for further use.
Wildlife Biologist, Milind Pariwakam of WCT said, “Unplanned development of roads and railway lines is the major cause of wildlife road kills. We hope that the information from the campaign will help plan our infrastructure. It can further devise win-win solutions for wildlife to make our infrastructure development smart and green.”
AIM OF THE ROAD KILLS INITIATIVE
The aim is to collect necessary information and provide data on wildlife mortality. This information will then be given to various researchers and road planners working in this sector.
The data provided will not only aid the research but also reduce the wildlife mortality by raising awareness about the issue.
Moreover, the data will be helpful in drawing statistics. It can further assist in reaching a common consensus for taking necessary action against Road kill of wild animals.
The information can be accessed by researchers and road planners by simply sending them a statement of purpose. The data will be made available under a Creative Commons license.
Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) has launched the android version of the app. However, they plan to make the app compatible on all iOS devices in the near future. Furthermore, it aims to make the app more user friendly by enabling a person to choose his/her preferred language. The goal is to incorporate regional languages as well. At present, the app is available in English.