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The Rhino in the Zoo: How Heatmapping Can Revamp Animal Enclosures

The Rhino in the Zoo: How Heatmapping Can Revamp Animal Enclosures


Hey there! You know how we’re always saying businesses can “see things in a new light”? Well, don’t count zoos out of this techie revolution. Yeah, I know—when you think heatmapping, you’re likely picturing retail shops and maybe warehouses. But hang on, because this same tech is making a huge difference in animal enclosures and even contributing to conservation. Let’s dive into how something like Kibsi’s heatmapping can help zoos track where their animals are spending time.

Why Heatmapping Matters

So, you’re curious about what a giraffe does when no one’s watching, aren’t you? Old-school methods like timed observations or manual tracking are okay, but they’ve got their blind spots. That’s where heatmapping rolls in like a rock star. Think of it as a highlight reel, but for data—it pops, making everything clearer and easier to interpret.

  • No-Nonsense Tracking: Sure, we can’t know if Mr. Elephant is enjoying a mud bath or just chilling. But we can tell where he spends most of his time. Heatmaps light up zones of an enclosure based on how long an animal stays in a particular area. No guessing games here; the data is in real-time.
  • Flexibility for All: Not all animals are social butterflies—or should I say social peacocks? Whether it’s a bustling elephant herd or a lone, contemplative rhino, heatmaps can show where these creatures prefer to be. For keepers, this means insights that are immediately actionable. If an area rarely lights up on the heatmap, maybe it’s not as animal-friendly as they thought.

Kibsi’s Heatmapping Capabilities

Hey, let’s be real: Data sheets? Cool. Being able to see what’s happening? Way cooler. That’s where Kibsi’s heatmapping swoops in. We’ve blended our rock-solid video analytics with splashes of color to give you the kind of insights that hit you in the face—in a good way! Picture it: A real-time color map showing you where animals hang out the most. Forget hiring an around-the-clock animal behaviorist; this is your 24/7 insight engine.

Implementing Kibsi Heatmapping

Trust me, no one’s got time for a tech maze. That’s why we’ve made implementing Kibsi’s heatmapping as simple as pie. 🥧

  • Plug into Your Zoo Cams: If your zoo’s already got cameras, perfect. Hook ’em up to our platform.
  • Pick Your Model: Choose the Kibsi-ready model that’s up your alley. If you’ve got a type of animal we’ve not worked with before, no worries! We will work with you to create a new model complete with spots, stripes or whatever. In short, whether you’re tracking flamingos or lions, we’ve got you covered.
  • Sit Back and Gawk: Once you’re set up, the heatmapping starts doing its thing. No heavy lifting required.

Turning Heatmaps Into Actions

So you’ve got these rad, colorful maps. But what’s next? How do you make them work for you?

  • Boost Animal Wellness: Are the otters always in that one corner? Maybe it’s time to add some more toys or hiding spots there. Use your heatmaps to fine-tune the living spaces for your animals. Your critters will thank you—well, in their own way.
  • Elevate the Visitor Experience: Imagine setting up the best viewing areas based on where animals actually spend their time. Not only do you get happy visitors, but you also keep the stress levels of your animals low. It’s a win-win, fueled by data.


So there you have it. Heatmapping isn’t just for tracking the hustle and bustle of human activity in retail stores or warehouses. It’s got an essential place in zoos, contributing not just to the well-being of our furry and feathered friends but also enhancing the experience for us, the fascinated spectators. With Kibsi’s heatmapping, you’re unlocking the door to a new era where tech serves all—animals included.

Whether you’re a zookeeper looking to redesign enclosures or a visitor curious about where to find the snow leopards at high noon, heatmapping provides insights that are, quite literally, game-changing. It’s not just technology; it’s technology that cares.

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