Be a citizen scientist and help to conserve carnivores

Namibia has the world’s largest population of cheetahs, but where are they? All of Namibia’s formidable carnivores face threats to their existence. There are less than 900 lions in Namibia. Keeping track of cats and other carnivores is the first step to protecting them and Namibia’s unique wildlife heritage.

In August last year the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), in association with the Large Carnivore Management Association of Namibia (LCMAN) released Carnivore Tracker, an exciting conservation App for all mobile devices. The brainchild of Dr Louisa Richmond-Coggan at CCF, the App enables scientists, farmers, tourists, and local residents to upload data about sightings.

The information collected through Carnivore Tracker includes the species sighted, number of individuals and the GPS location. The App is a great learning tool, because carnivore species has a photographic icon for clear identification and a short description on its ecology and rarity. Did you know that the cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal and Africa’s most endangered cat? It can reach speeds over 110 kilometres per hour in just over 3 seconds.

Carnivore Tracker allows you learn more, and to become a citizen scientist assisting in the conservation of cheetahs, lions, wild dogs and other carnivores. It has been designed for everyone to get involved regardless of age or experience. If you are visiting Namibia on holiday you can help by reporting what you see during your travels through the country. Resident Namibians can report what they see on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

Carnivore Tracker is free to download and is available for both Apple and Android. Visit www.cheetah.org/carnivore-tracker for more information.

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