Tsring Angmo a student from Rumbak village in Ladakh attended a workshop conducted by the Snow Leopard Conservancy (SLC) in India out of sheer curiosity. "I came away feeling responsible for the safety of the endangered animal,’’ she said. Angmo received training to track the endangered big cat using ‘cyber tracker’ devices and also to work as a nature guide in Ladakh, a cold, dry, high-altitude region of northern Jammu and Kashmir state.
CyberTracker, the brainchild of 1998 Laureate Louis Liebenberg, is a handheld device originally developed to modernise the ancient skill of tracking. While it has proven highly successful for its original purpose, Liebenberg has discovered that its software has revolutionary potential to reduce some of the negative impacts of climate change; CyberTracker technology can monitor, predict and help prevent irreversible damage to our ecosystems.
Tiny tear patterns in a shoeprint can help a ranger determine whether a criminal or hiker has walked through an area. This is just one of the methods professional tracker Louis Liebenberg has used to track criminals, and he believes similar methods should be used on the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) chain.