New citizen-scientist engagement app!

Over the summer we’ve been trialing more efficient ways of collecting footprint images, making it easy for citizen scientists to participate in our work.  We knew we needed a mobile app for this task, so that smartphone users can easily capture images that fit our standardized WildTrack protocol.  We’re happy…

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And now for something completely different!

WildTrack has recorded prints in almost every kind of substrate you can imagine – sand, snow, mud, gravel, charcoal etc) but yesterday we received something completely new!  Every year in North Carolina, the pine trees shed a huge load of pollen. For a few days each Spring all outdoor surfaces…

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Tiger conservation in Nepal

Living with Tigers Project lead researcher Amy Fitzmaurice ran a successful training workshop for Nepal Tiger Trust (NTT) on WildTrack’s Footprint Identification Technique (FIT). The training was part of a new collaborative project to build a database of pictures of Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) and common leopard (Panthera pardus…

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Visit our new WildTrack Site!

Check out our new WildTrack website! We showcase our academic and research work and bring our citizen science portal, ConservationFIT, on board to streamline our mission. Other changes are new image sets to guide data collection, new showcase projects and a clearer partner presence.  We’re also sharing some of the…

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Documentary about WildTrack earns two Emmy awards

WildTrack’s work in Namibia,  documented on location by film-makers Ray and Susan Ellis of Footpath pictures, has just been honoured with two Emmy awards! See the documentary here Footpath Pictures is honored to have won two #Emmys last night in the categories of Best Technology Story and #Cinematography. Thanks to https://t.co/D7kodAgj2W…

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My Experience Tracking Rhinos in Namibia with WildTrack

By Katrina Leser, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida My involvement with WildTrack began a little over a year ago while interning at an elephant research and education facility in South Africa. WildTrack was beginning to investigate the possibility of creating an FIT algorithm for African elephants and I…

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Pumas at the end of the World…

Pumas range over all the Americas – this species has one of the widest distributions of all those we study. A few weeks ago some innovative biologists, Alberto Slocker, Ismael Alvaro Barria Oyarzo, Elena Plana and Aintzane Cariñanos wrote to us describing the challenges they face monitoring pumas in the farthest…

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Rhino monitoring in Namibia

WildTrack teams led by Dr Peter Law in Namibia are monitoring black rhino for the Namibian government.  We’re running pilots at three different locations (confidentiality maintained for security) using FIT and matching heel patterns to individuals for quick reference.  Horseback monitoring can also allow our teams to cover more ground…

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