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…
China blog 4: Finally we got to see Panda footprints in the snow! In Chengdu we met our colleagues at the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda.
Under blue skies and walking on sheet ice I boldly went tracking the Amur tiger with colleague Prof. Dr Guangshun Jiang, Executive Director of the Chinese State Administration Feline Research Center.
Blog from China: 2 China’s northeast, home of the rare and extraordinary Amur tiger regularly records temperatures below -30C in winter. The kind of temperature that freezes your breath before it leaves you.
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.
The Duke Robotics club at the Pratt School of Engineering contacted us recently to ask if we would like to collaborate to build a drone to find footprints, like these trails of Amur tigers in the vast expanses of north-east China. http://robotics.pratt.duke.edu/projectsrcdrone.html
We’re honoured to have been selected, by the Duke University Africa Initiative, to develop a new course on non-invasive techniques for monitoring endangered species for Professor Stuart Pimm’s Lab.
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.
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…
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…