Record Carnivore Sightings Using GPS Locations In Real Time
The information collected through Carnivore Tracker includes the species sighted, number of individuals and the GPS location, even outside of Wi-Fi and network coverage. Each carnivore species has a photographic icon for clear identification and a short description on its ecology and rarity.
Carnivore Tracker is free to download and is available for both Apple and Android.
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Carnivore Tracker Offers A Wide Range Of Features
Simple to use interface and controls allow for easy and fun data collection
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Whether you have an internet connection or not the app stores your sighting and uploads when internet is available again
Clear identification photos and information are available for each carnivore to help with identification in the field
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Carnivore Tracker enables members of the scientific community, farmers, tourists, and local residents to contribute to the collection of important distribution data and therefore to be directly involved in the conservation of Namibia’s carnivore species.
Carnivore Tracker is a joint development between Large Carnivore Management Association of Namibia (LCMAN) and Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). Carnivore Tracker was created by Dr. Louisa Richmond-Coggan and developed by Steven Lambright.
If you want more information on Carnivore Tracker or how you could become involved please contact us using the online form above.
Dr. Louisa Richmond-Coggan
Citizen science is not a new concept, bird conservation has benefited from years of data collected by enthusiasts all across the world. I thought that if we could get the Namibian public and tourism industry as excited about logging carnivore sightings as birders are about bird sightings then we could do something very special for carnivore conservation in Namibia. With the growth in the mobile phone industry and the rise in the use of smart phones creating a simple mobile app looked liked the solution we needed. I met Steven in January 2015 and after learning very early on that he had the skills to create the App. all the pieces fitted into place. An App. for Namibia for this number of carnivore species had never been tried before but I felt that the App. could only show conservation in Namibia in a positive and progressive light. It was vital to the project to include all 33 Namibian carnivore species so the App. could be used as an education tool as well as, highlighting some of the lesser known but just as important species. It took a year from concept to completion but it was a very exciting and proud day when I saw the App. up on iTunes and Google Play for the first time and then again when the 1st sightings were being logged. At the end of May I attended the Windhoek Tourism Trade Fair and introduced the App. to the industry for the first time. The response was overwhelmingly positive which showed us that all the hard work of the development team was worth while. The data collected is open source for the benefit of scientific community, which as a scientist myself was a key component of this project. I hope to see Carnivore Tracker grow from strength to strength through the collaborations already made and those still to be made. That both Namibians and the people who visit this special country take ownership of this effective conservation tool and keep driving the use of the App. forward. Finally with research at its heart that the presence data collected from the App. will benefit carnivore conservation and management strategies not only now but in the future.
I am passionate about large carnivore conservation and how communities can live and thrive alone side carnivores. The long-term conservation of carnivores needs to happen outside protected areas across the farmland and in turn finding new and dynamics way to reduce human-wildlife conflict.
I graduated with a BSc Geography from Lancaster University (2004) which included a project in the Mara Triangle, Maasai Mara, Kenya looking at cheetah behaviour in relation to presence of spotted hyaena. My MSc in Conservation Biology was from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University and Kent (2006). My master’s research, which was in collaboration with a Darwin Initiative project and Friends of Conservation (an international NGO), assessed wildlife distribution in the Greater Mara Ecosystem, Kenya by focusing on the effects of landscape variables and anthropogenic threats on four key species: elephants, lions, zebras, and wild dogs. For four years I was the scientific team leader for the Earthwatch project ‘Scavengers of South Africa’, looking after volunteers and teaching them new skills. I completed a PhD at Nottingham Trent University on the comparative abundance and ranging behaviour of brown hyaena (Parahyaena brunnea) inside and outside protected areas in South Africa. The thesis looked to understand the factors that affect the abundance and distribution of brown hyaena between areas of high and low human-wildlife conflict using GPS collars, remote camera traps, and questionnaires.
My current role is to manage the ecology department at the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). I am responsible for coordinating and driving all aspects of ecology and community based research at CCF. I have been involved in the development, set up, running and reporting of multiple projects from citizen science initiatives, to community capacity building and ecological studies such as carnivore distribution and conflict mapping hot spots. I am also involved in data analysis, producing scientific publications, research proposals and grant applications as well as assist CCF staff and interns with project planning.
Steven Lambright - Head Developer
Steven spent seven years working for the U.S. Geology Survey, making software to map other planets in our solar system and analysed the imagery brought back by various space missions. Currently living in the Seattle area, he has now moved into the private sector. Steven is currently working for Tableau, as a software developer, making easy to use data visualization software. He is also part of Tableau Foundation, specifically helping our charities in the local communities and trying to further the U.N. climate action sustainable development goal. He has been interested in cheetahs since 2004 and attended the 2006 Run for the Cheetah in Phoenix, AZ. With his free time, Steven volunteers at Cougar Mountain Zoo educating the public about conservation issues as well as undertaking projects for the Cheetah Conservation Fund.
When asked why did you want to volunteer your time and become involved with Carnivore Tracker he said….
“Carnivore tracker is an opportunity for me to learn mobile app development whilst helping out a worthwhile cause. I was initially skeptical of the App. being used by the public, but I was wrong! I’m proud to have made the App. and excited to see it in real, practical, every day use by the public helping us collect vital carnivore presence data.”
Thank you Steven for donating your time, skills and knowledge to the project and making Carnivore Tracker a reality and becoming a key member of the Carnivore Tracker Development Team!
Eric has spent most of the past two decades in the software industry, working for Microsoft through much of the90’s before joining Expedia for a number of years. Eric is now spending most of his time investing in the energy sector and volunteering for a variety of non-profit organizations in the Seattle area, focusing primarily on education and environmental issues. He was introduced to CCF as an Earthwatch volunteer in 2007.
He spends much of his time volunteering with environment- and education-oriented non-profits. He is Vice-Chair for Seattle-based Zeno, a trustee for the Cheetah Conservation Fund, a national council member for the World Wildlife Fund, a partner at Social Venture Partners and a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight West. Eric has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from MIT and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford.
When asked why did you want to volunteer your time and become involved with Carnivore Tracker he said….
“When a fellow CCF supporter asked me to help out with Carnivore Tracker, I said of course! I’ve written iOS and Android apps before, so it was an easy way for me to help out with a worthwhile citizen-scientist project. I was rewarded nicely when I visited CCF a few months later and got to see a heat map of carnivore populations created out of data gathered by Carnivore Tracker.”
Thank you Eric for donating your time to the project and becoming a member of the Carnivore Tracker Team!
The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is the world’s leading organization dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. Founded by Dr. Laurie Marker in 1990, CCF has created a set of integrated programs aimed at addressing the principle threats to the cheetah. CCF’s conservation programming is rooted in scientific research. CCF maintains a research program on the biology, ecology and genetics of cheetahs that publishes papers in peer-reviewed journals annually, and currently operates the only fully-equipped genetics lab at an in-situ conservation facility in Africa. Using this research as an underpinning, CCF has created a set of integrated programs that together address the threats both to the cheetah and its entire ecosystem, including human populations. CCF operates from the principle that only by securing the future of the communities that live alongside the cheetah can you secure a future for the cheetah.
The Large Carnivore Management Association of Namibia (LCMAN) is a not-for-profit organization composed of individuals and organisations that promote and support the long-term conservation of healthy populations of free-ranging large carnivores in Namibia. LCMAN comprises a membership of organisations that have come together to form an association to promote and support the long-term conservation of healthy populations of free-ranging large carnivores in Namibia.
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