Using FIT to look at relatedness in Cheetah

Our PhD student Larissa Slaney, based at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh UK, is using FIT to investigate relatedness between cheetah.  If the technique can be shown to work it will be many times less expensive than DNA-based methods. The BBC interviews Larissa here:   http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05jmddq  

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Buckley report on ConservationFIT

ConservationFIT helping track, preserve endangered species Bob Buckley of The Buckley Report on ConservationFIT “Anywhere an animal leaves a footprint, we can start collecting that data on who’s who and where they are. Capturing the data is so simple: All you need is a smart phone”. Sky Alibhai, co-founder of WildTrack.

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Elephants get FIT

 We’re often asked, ‘Which is the most challenging species to ID from footprints?’. Surprisingly it’s not the tiny dormouse, who, although she has footpads less than 1mm in diameter, has plenty of complexity in the footprint. It’s the elephant, whose huge footprints can be more than 30cm long.  Although their…

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Human fingerprints = animal footprints? Not quite…

We’re often asked if identifying animals from their footprints is analogous to identifying humans from fingerprints.Unfortunately, the answer is no!  Animal footprints are much more complex data.  Take a look at this rhino footprint, fresh in from Namibia, and you’ll start to see why. Unfortunately, and perhaps curiously, the answer…

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Deep learning with Cheetahs in Namibia

It’s cold here in the Namibian winter mornings, and the cheetah are eager to help with deep learning, in return for a juicy steak treat. We’re visiting N/a ‘an ku se Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia to meet with our friends, N/a ‘an ku se founders, Dr Rudie and Marlice Van Vuuren,…

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