U of M lion researcher turns to 'crowdfunding'

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Nov 14, 2011 at 7:58 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A University of Minnesota ecology professor and expert in lion behavior is turning to "crowdfunding'' to raise enough money to transmit thousands of images of lions from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

The Minnesota Daily reports that professor Craig Packer and crew of staff and students have placed more than 200 heat- and motion-activated cameras in the park.

The cameras produce more than a million images a year, but bringing those images back to the university has been difficult due to lack of Internet access.

So the team is trying to raise $14,000 to put their research station online so they can transmit the images and make them publicly available.

The group has turned to the SciFund Challenge online, which lets people make small donations to scientific projects.

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