One footprint at a time, WildTrack is…
One footprint at a time, WildTrack is…
Researching more effective methods of monitoring endangered species
Researching more effective methods of monitoring endangered species
Translating footprints into wildlife monitoring data
Translating footprints into wildlife monitoring data
Using cutting-edge data analytics and visualization in JMP software
Using cutting-edge data analytics and visualization in JMP software
Reviving the time-honoured art and science of tracking
Reviving the time-honoured art and science of tracking
Encouraging global participation in networked science
Encouraging global participation in networked science
Engaging with local communities for local conservation
Engaging with local communities for local conservation
Striving for non-invasive and cost-effective conservation
Striving for non-invasive and cost-effective conservation
Conserving endangered species with award-winning technology in JMP
Conserving endangered species with award-winning technology in JMP
Working with our partners around the world…
Working with our partners around the world…

Inspiring better science through non-invasive approaches
Inspiring better science through non-invasive approaches

Our Mission

WildTrack is a 501(c)3 based at the JMP Division of SAS Software, USA.  Our mission is to develop and implement non-invasive, community-friendly approaches to provide more effective monitoring of endangered species, to  protect them and to reduce human:wildlife conflict.

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WildTrack has developed a footprint identification technique (FIT) that enables wildlife conservationists to identify endangered species from their unique footprints. This allows them to monitor the animals closely without disturbing them.

This short documentary video shows WildTrack’s Drs Sky Alibhai and Zoe Jewell tracking cheetah with the San people on the Central Namibian Plateau.

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Our first USA FIT Workshop!

March 3rd, 2020

Neoichnology. The science of footprints. Footprints for wildlife conservation.

Last week something remarkable happened. A group of wildlife conservationists, physicists, geologists, security experts, computer scientists, statisticians, drone experts and engineers from all over the world got together to discuss a different approach to wildlife monitoring. A non-invasive approach, one that does not disturb animals. One that provides data on species, individuals, age and sex with high accuracy. One that is inclusive of traditional ecological knowledge. One that empowers local communities. One that can work with other non-invasive approaches. The Footprint Identification Technique.

WildTrack has been to and hosted many events over decades, but the degree of energy, enthusiasm, and excitement to cooperate at this workshop was unprecedented.  We thank our friends at JMP Software, SAS, the US Army Research Office and senseFly for making it possible.

So now we have built a new community: WildTrackFIT.  On this, World Wildlife Day, we celebrate a new direction for wildlife monitoring and protection.

If you work with footprints, or can offer other skills to our group, come join us!

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WildTrack in Numbers 2020

WildTrack works to deliver non-invasive monitoring for endangered species.  Our footprint identification technique (FIT) is customized for each species in our many different species project partners around the world

Field projects send us footprints, and together with our students in universities around the world we develop species algorithms and help field projects apply the technique.  

Thanks to generous support from JMP (in which FIT sits) we are also able to help field scientists use JMP  data visualization software without additional cost.

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Countries hosting active field projects
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Active field projects to protect endangered species
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Scientists supported to use FIT through Friends of JMP
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Partner universities
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Species algorithms developed
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Students (undergrad and postgrad)