We are excited to announce a brand new project called the Carnivore Tracker, which is the first App of its kind for Namibia.
As a visitor to Namibia you are uniquely placed to be at the heart of this new and exciting project. Namibia’s wildlife is amazing and it brings people like you from all over the world to Namibia to view it. We all have the same vision to help conserve and enjoy our unique wildlife now and for future generations.
The members of the Large Carnivore Management Association of Namibia (LCMAN) have created the Carnivore Tracker App, for both Apple and Android phones. Carnivore Tracker is a citizen science driven project which collects presence data for all carnivores across Namibia, from the yellow mongoose to leopards and lions.
Carnivore Tracker is a free to download and free to use application designed to allow anyone with a smartphone to contribute to the conservation of Namibia’s carnivore species regardless of your background or level of knowledge by simply logging their sightings as they occur. Data or WiFi connectivity is not required, which means that logging a sighting does not cost you anything even if you have an international service provider. The sightings are stored and uploaded when they become available making it ideal for use in remote wilderness locations where network may not be available.
The data will be used to create a national presence map for Namibia which will allow researchers to identify differences between protected/unprotected areas, human-wildlife conflict hot spots, long-term changes in carnivore populations and in turn where to target much needed conservation action and management. The information will feed into key government departments such as the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, in order to inform carnivore conservation and management strategies across Namibia.
These data sets will be particularly important for those species that live outside of national parks in the private farmland. Carnivore Tracker enables you to connect with the scientific community across Namibia and you will be contributing to the collection of essential distribution data to ensure we have accurate and robust data on the distribution and status of the wild carnivore population across Namibia.
Namibia’s wildlife is amazing and it brings people from all over the world to Namibia to view it. We all have the same vision to help conserve and enjoy our unique wildlife now and for future generations.
Join the active conservation community and download the Carnivore Tracker App today!