WildTrack has been working for more than 25 years to help protect black rhino, with the governments of Zimbabwe and Namibia. Our publications on black rhino conservation are here.
In the summer of 2018 we undertook pilot studies in three highly sensitive areas of Namibia to trial FIT for protecting Namibia’s black rhino. We are unable to disclose details of numbers or distribution as this data is classified. However, we can say that the pilots were a great success – we collected excellent data and are currently writing up for the Namibian government. With their approval we hope to publish without compromising data security.
WildTrack’s footprint identification technique can identify individual rhino, their sex and age-class using measurements taken from anatomical points (‘landmark points’) on the footprint. An additional, and traditional approach used by expert trackers in the field, can be to identify patterns on the footprint. Below are three different footprints from one rhino, and three from a different rhino. The heel patterns are unique to each individual.