Global biodiversity is declining at an unprecedented rate, with humans altering the balance of natural systems such that species are being lost at an estimated 1000 times the natural background rates.
The major drivers of biodiversity loss are habitat fragmentation and loss, together with the over-exploitation and persecution of species. Climate change is likely to hasten these impacts. The effects of human expansion are exemplified by the extent to which many endangered species, particularly apex predators, are now in conflict with humans. In these times of biodiversity crisis, there’s an urgent need for effective low-cost tools to monitor endangered species and address these conservation challenges.