Louis Liebenberg, a scientist turned tracker, has begun to revolutionise conservation and wildlife management techniques with the aid of a unique hand-held computer. The device is enabling Southern Africa's Bushmen to preserve their tracking skills and turn their unrivalled knowledge of nature's biodiversity into a tool for conservation.
Instead of storing their observations of nature in their heads, they record whatever they can on the handheld computer.
The software works with icons so that illiterate people can use it.
"More than 40 animal species are indicated on the screen ," says Liebenberg. "Once the tracker has selected the animal he is stalking, he can scroll through the display screens and record activities such as drinking, feeding, running, fighting, mating and sleeping." Thanks to a GPS connection, the longitude and latitude at the sighting are automatically stored.