EXPLORE | CAPTURE | CONTRIBUTETracking the Wild is a wildlife social media platform that is an easy way to explore Africas parks & reserves, safely share your wildlife sightings and make a valuable contribution to conservation. The platform takes the concept of crowd-sourcing and uses it to collect the valuable data that conservation research needs to protect Africas biodiversity. The goal is to enrich peoples wildlife experiences and raise awareness of Africas wilderness through sustainable tourism. Tracking the Wilds belief is that our world's wilderness can only be protected when people have the opportunity experience its beauty and contribute towards its preservation.Tracking the Wild has been specifically built as a platform that the public can safely submit their wildlife sightings without the location data of vulnerable species being made public. This is done by managing what species the public can see within each of the parks/reserves we list. Furthermore, rhino sightings are blocked from the platform and we also withhold the location of any species that is outside of a protected area. By taking this approach, Tracking the Wild provides the public with a platform where they can responsibly share their sightings and simultaneously contribute vast amounts of valuable data to conservation research.Professor Les Underhill of the Animal Demography Unit at the University of Cape Town explains the value of the app: Imagine trying to motivate that a species is of conservation concern if you do not have an up-to-date distribution map for the species. Ideally, one would like to have a distribution map that is based on records collected only in the past decade or less. This means that distribution data needs to be updated continuously. This is what this new app helps us to achieve.The platform features: - Live sightings feed with comments, likes and species suggestions- Personal sightings history and statistics- Detailed offline maps for each of the listed parks and reserves- Species checklists for every park (works offline)- Species guides covering all birds, mammals and reptiles in each park (works offline)- A directory of Southern African parks and reserves (All South Africa's National Parks (SANParks) & most major game/nature reserves in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe)- In app accommodation booking with SafariNow- All sightings data sent to researchers at the Animal Demography Unit (ADU) at the University of Cape Town and other conservation partners. Protected areas in Africa: Live sightings and maps for the following National Parks, Game Reserves and Nature Reserves:Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier ParkAddo Elephant National ParkAgulhas National ParkAnysberg Nature ReserveAugrabies Falls National ParkBontebok National ParkCamdeboo National ParkCederberg Wilderness AreaCentral Kalahari Game ReserveChobe National ParkDe Hoop Nature ReserveDinokeng Game ReserveEtosha National ParkGamkaberg Nature ReserveGarden Route National ParkGolden Gate Highlands National ParkGoukamma Nature ReserveGreat Fish River Nature ReserveHluhluwe-iMfolozi Game ReserveHwange National ParkiSimangaliso Wetland ParkIthala Game ReserveKaroo National ParkKgalagadi Transfrontier ParkKhutse Game ReserveKogelberg Nature ReserveKruger National ParkLimpopo-Lipadi Private Game & Wilderness ReserveMadikwe Game ReserveMakgadikgadi Pans National ParkMapungubwe National ParkMarakele National ParkMokala National ParkMoremi Game ReserveMountain Zebra National ParkNamaqua National ParkNdumo Game ReserveNxai Pan National ParkPilanesberg Game ReserveRobberg Nature ReserveRocherpan Nature ReserveSomkhanda Game ReserveSwartberg Nature ReserveTable Mountain National ParkTankwa Karoo National ParkTembe Elephant ParkuKhahlamba Drakensberg ParkWelgevonden Game ReserveWest Coast National Parkand more coming soon...
What's new in version 1.6
- Implemented quicker login procedure using the Facebook SDK- First characters in the username/email login field now default to lower case characters- Improvements to sighting filters- Updated userguide- Updates to Facebook & Twitter sharing- Various bug fixes