The Zoo's white rhino, Andazi, wears the Zoo View device

Zoo View provides a glimpse into the animal's perception of their world. Using a head-mounted eye tracking devices paired with a camera on a wearable device, the device is able to provide the viewpoint of the individual. 

The device
Through many years of research and development, we have created several headset designs, each using Zoo View technology designed to fit specific species. The headset is
 created by a 3D printer and is designed to the species detailed profile to provide maximum comfort. The eye-tracking device uses structured infrared lighting, to track the species gaze, providing first-hand feedback. The eye-tracker is paired with a forward facing camera to coordinate the view from the animal's eye.

Case Study: Andazi the white rhino

Zookeepers at the Zoo were concerned that Andazi’s behavior lately. Her recent health check-up was satisfactory, but she seemed disinterested in her usual enrichment activities, such as the puzzle feeder. The zookeepers used Zoo View to see what areas of her habitat were providing more visual interest. Through monitoring her usual visual patterns of interest, they were able to build on popular structures, such as putting brushes and smells on a fallen tree. They’re then able to track in real-time to see which additions held her visual attention.

The heat map showed us that the rhino’s gaze often focused on the neighboring habitat’s tree structure, just as much as the gaze followed the zebra. While we know that their vision is fairly week, we were intrigued and added additional tree structures to their habitat.
— Raja Paxton, PhD, Curator of Mammals

Who is it for?
Eye tracking provides powerful insight how animals view their surrounds, be it mates, food, predators, and environmental factors. Researchers are also able to look at cognition. This vantage point is valuable to captive management personnel such as the husbandry staff but is also beneficial to horticulturalists, veterinarians, researchers, and exhibit designers.