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Mission Statement

Our Mission: To provide non-invasive and community-friendly monitoring of endangered species, helping alleviate human-wildlife conflict.

We need your help! ConservationFIT is a community-project! We need your help to gather reliable data on numbers and distribution of endangered species to protect and monitor them.

ConservationFIT develops and applies non-invasive, cost-effective and animal-friendly methods of monitoring. WildTrack’s award-winning footprint identification technique (FIT) is one such approach; it identifies species, individuals, sex and age from footprints alone.

The Advantages of ConservationFIT

 It is non-invasive
 

It is non-invasive

Collecting footprints need not disturb the animal in any way. Our research and that of others increasingly suggests that repeated disturbance and handling will have a negative impact on the species being studied.
It can identify
 

It can identify

The species, individual, sex and age-class.
It gives high accuracy
 

It gives high accuracy

For all species studied, FIT gives individual identification accuracy of more than 90%.
It is cost-effective
 

It is cost-effective

The only equipment needed is a digital camera, GPS unit (for field location), a scale, and either voice-tag or pen and pencil.
FIT is community-based
 

FIT is community-based

Drawing on the skills of local traditional ecological knowledge
FIT is species adaptable
 

FIT is species adaptable

To date, we have developed FIT algorithms for the black rhino, white rhino, Bengal tiger, Amur tiger, Lowland and Baird’s Tapirs and Polar bear. All indications are that the technique is adaptable and applicable for all species which leave a footprint.