New paper on dissociation between Black rhino mothers and their calves

Rhino calves, like all young animals, are potentially very vulnerable if left alone. So why do black rhino mothers sometimes leave their calves behind when they go to drink at a waterhole? In this paper, just published in the African Journal of Ecology, we report with mathematician and tracker colleague Dr. Pete…

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ConservationFIT: update for ex-situ partners

From Karin Schwartz, PhD, Scientific Coordinator for Ex-Situ Partners, ConservationFIT ConservationFIT Ex-Situ Update The ConservationFIT project was initiated in the summer of 2016 by WildTrack. FIT is a footprint identification technique that uses morphometrics from footprint images to provide identification of species, individual, sex and age-class from footprints alone. Each…

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Cheetah + sand = footprints? Not quite so fast…

ConservationFIT is partnering with organisations that host ‘ambassador’ animals whose footprints can help us protect their free-ranging cousins.  Oregon’s Wildlife Safari is helping us by collecting prints from their cheetahs.  Maddy Tweedt, a carnivore keeper there, recounts her team’s trials and tribulations in finding the ‘right kind of sand’ to…

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