Send us footprints!

Photographing left hing footprint

Photographing left hind footprint

Do you see footprints as part of your work or recreation time?

We are developing a species footprint database to map the distribution of  endangered species around the world. This will inform on conservation strategy – how and where to protect species better.

We need your help! All you need is your smartphone, a metric scale and a good eye to see the footprints 🙂

Please see this interactive video on how to get started

Our Epicollect guide tells you how to download the app and, depending on your experience, choose the project to use.

We also have great ready-to-print field guides to help you – two different versions

    1.  Free ranging animals:
        1. Preparing and imaging footprints
        2. Using the app 
    2.  Captive animals:
        1. Preparing and imaging footprints
        2. Using the app 

FIT is designed to be non-invasive to wildlife. Always take care not to disturb animals in their natural habitat and, if possible, always take an experienced local tracker with you if you are going to walk for any distance in terrain which is unknown to you.  If you’re working in a zoo always follow the safety regulations of that institution, working in close collaboration with a keeper or animal manager.

Terminology:

A trail of footprints is an unbroken sequence made by one animal

When taking footprint images, the app will explain that each trail has a separate identity (eg trail #1, 2, 3 etc) and within the trail, each footprint is labelled a, b, c etc.

 

 

 

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