Wildscan - Wildlife Identification App on Apple devices
Vietnamese law enforcement officers used the application in a training session recently. Photo: Freeland / Matthew P

WildScan which is an application on the mobile phone to identify the species of Southeast Asia is available on Android devices, now can be downloaded and used on Apple devices, helps to significantly increase the usability of the application in the region.

 

Wildlife trafficking is pushing many species to the extinction risk and trafficked animals are often difficult to identify. WildScan helps law enforcement officers and the public identify the protected species quickly and easily by providing images, vital information and identified clues to more than 350 species.

 

With more than 1,000 downloads of the Android version, this application has quickly become popular more than expected and now, WildScan can also be downloaded on the Apple devices.

 

Mr. Do Quang Tung, former President of ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) said: “This app is a game-changing approach and empower law enforcement and the public at large across the region to work together and fight against the trafficking of wild animals”.

 

Developed with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) by Freeland, a Bangkok based counter-trafficking organization, the app contains information on relevant contacts of individuals and organizations, temporary care instructions and a tool to report suspected wildlife crime. Reports can be forwarded to a local law enforcement agency allowing anyone to report wildlife crime wherever they are.

 

Since the app was launched in 2014, law enforcement officials and more than 800 airport and airline staff have attended the workshops where they have learned how to the use the app to help stop the smuggling of endangered species.

 

Already available in English, Thai and Vietnamese, WildScan developers are currently planning to expand use of the app in Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia and will release a version in Africa later in the year. Along with the release for Apple devices, the WildScan team updated the Android version to allow for faster downloads and more user-friendly handling.

 

Download the app today, search WildScan on the App Store or the Play Store or visit www.wildscanapp.org

 

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Matthew Pritchett, Deputy Director of Communications, Freeland, Email: matthew@freeland.org   Tel: +66 2 254 8321


NOTES TO EDITORS

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the self-contained U.S. Government agency that works under the directions of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Following 50 years of improving the life quality through development and humanitarian assistance, USAID is the principal U.S. Government development agency partnering with countries throughout the world to promote peace, prosperity and security. Please visit www.usaid.gov/asia-regional or follow facebook.com/USAIDAsia and@USAIDAsia on Twitter for more information.

 

Freeland is a frontline counter-trafficking organization working for a world that is free of wildlife trafficking and human slavery. The organization includes law enforcement, development and communications specialists work alongside partners in Asia, Africa and the Americas to build capacity, raise awareness, strengthen networks and promote governance to protect critical ecosystems and vulnerable people. Freeland is also the lead implementing partner of “ARREST” (Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking), the largest US Government sponsored counter-wildlife trafficking program, sponsored by USAID. 

Written by NV

Translated by CP

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