Antarctic jackets 24/7

China blog 5 Wolong Nature Reserve, at 31 degrees north, on a similar latitude to Florida. But don’t be fooled, it’s very cold and damp in the Himalayas in February, and particularly since the super-hardy locals don’t believe in any indoor heating!  Here we’re presenting to the Wolong Research group…

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dog masquerading as tiger

Blog from China 1:  China is implementing strict new measures against illegal poaching. A colleague in the Northeast Forestry University showed us two pelts that had been confiscated – domestic dog furs dyed to broadly resemble tiger and snow leopard. The demand clearly outstrips supply.

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WildTrack blog

Following the Tiger’s footprints? … see our Cat-Watch at National Geographic. Identifying individual tigers from their paw prints has been controversial. Exciting new methods combine field work and cutting-edge statistics from the software giant JMP to show how it can be done.

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Volunteers from SAS and NCSU

WildTrack with SAS volunteers and NC State electrical engineering group at Carolina Tiger Rescue on a hot day in June. We got lots of footprint images with the Kinect camera, and for the first time sampled the footprints for trace DNA. The tigers were hot and lethargic, and walked very slowly…

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Monitoring a population of white rhino

Some years ago we worked at Otjiwa in Namibia, using footprints to monitor a population of white rhino. We published a paper on this population in 2008. Subsequently we thought it would be interesting to look at shape analysis as another way of demonstrating real differences in the feet of…

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