Working with Alexandra Sutton

We’re working with Duke PhD student Alexandra Sutton, who reports here on her research – trying to ameliorate human-wildlife conflict in Kenya.   Alexandra is hoping to use footprints to identify rogue carnivores who routinely visit bomas (fences enclosing livestock) for an easy meal, and she’s working with local people to…

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What we do, and why…..

WildTrack has developed a non-invasive Footprint Identification Technique (FIT) which can identify endangered animals at the species, individual, age-class and sex levels. Animals have unique feet, in the same way that humans have unique fingerprints. This allows us to monitor their status and work with decision-makers in environmental and conservation…

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Why monitor endangered species?

Why the need to monitor endangered species? We face an unprecedented crisis in the loss of biodiversity on our planet. UNEP, the United Nations Environment Program, estimates that between 150 and 200 species are currently being lost every day. The renowned American evolutionary biologist, E.O, Wilson estimated that by 2100,…

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