Free Museum Field Guide brings public face to face with wildlife

By / 1st of May, 2014
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THE South Australian Museum has launched its free ‘Field Guide to South Australian Fauna’ App on the Google Play and iTunes stores today, giving tourists and locals a fully featured look at over 800 species of wildlife.

The Field Guide can be used on tablets or phones, with information including pictures, calls, habitat maps and more on a wide variety of life found on the land, in the water and skies of South Australia.

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The app gives a closer look at animals such as the Leafy Seadragon, South Australia's marine emblem, which locals might not have a chance to see without going scuba diving. 

Project Manager Alexis Tindall says that experts and volunteers have been supplying content for the museum’s app since the end of 2012.

“The South Australian Museum generates an extraordinary amount of expert, research and knowledge and we’re always looking for new ways to share this with the public. The app is a resource that people can use outside the Museum, which will enrich their knowledge of South Australian biodiversity,” Tindall said.

“We’re keen to keep updating this resource, so if users’ favourite species isn’t included, they should get in touch, and we can see if we can add it.”

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As well as pictures, the app has information on each of the 800+ animals, including their habitat, calls, habits and scientific classification.

The app was funded as part of the Federal Government’s Inspiring Australia Science Communication grants.

South Australian Museum’s Field Guide App Page

Field Guide to South Australia on iTunes

Field Guide to South Australia on the Google Play store

Key contacts

Alex Parry Publicist South Australian Museum
61 08 8207 7385 alex.parry@samuseum.sa.gov.au www.samuseum.sa.gov.au