The conservation benefits of FIT
Species are currently becoming extinct at up to 1000 times background rates. Without reliable data on the numbers and distribution of free-ranging species, we can’t hope to redress this situation.
Current techniques, for example VHF and satellite collaring, provide very detailed data on just a few individuals, and are often too expensive to apply more widely. In addition they can negatively impact animal welfare and data validity.
FIT is a non-invasive and cost-effective approach to monitoring that can be applied everywhere that footprints are found. Furthermore, it helps engage communities in the conservation process, both citizen-scientists and indigenous groups that have expert tracking skills. It works well in combination with other non-invasive approaches (e.g. remote camera trapping) and has huge potential to transform the way we monitor endangered species.The FIT software, and JMP software on which it runs, can be made available, on application, for non-profits and small conservation organisations.
Learning how to use FIT
ConservationFIT partners will run workshops that teach communities how to engage with this project, and how to use FIT for monitoring. At the conclusion of the workshop participants can apply for copies of FIT software.
For more information please contact:
Project Manager: Louisa@ConservationFIT.org