Science

The Tracker Institute

The Centre of Learning for the Art of Tracking

 

Tracker-Institute

 

The Tracker Institute is a Centre of Learning for the highest standards of excellence in the art of tracking.
The Art of Tracking may well be the origin of science. After hundreds of thousands of years, traditional tracking skills may soon be lost. Yet tracking can be developed into a new science with far-reaching implications for nature conservation.

The employment of trackers will also help to retain traditional skills which may otherwise be lost in the near future. Some of the most important applications of tracking would be in controlling poaching, in ecotourism, in environmental education and in scientific research.

Since 1994 we developed the CyberTracker Tracker Evaluation system which has gained international recognition for maintaining objective standards in tracking skills. However, there is a critical shortage of Senior Trackers and Master Trackers. The last few traditional Master Trackers may soon be too old and many have passed away. It is therefore critical that we develop the capacity of Senior Trackers and Master Trackers to provide high-level training for the new generation of trackers.

The Tracker Institute is situated in the Thornybush Nature Reserve, providing the opportunity to track lion, leopard, rhino and a wide diversity of species. The Institute provides the highest levels of theoretical and practical expertise in tracking.

Field expeditions are also conducted to the Kalahari to identify the last remaining traditional Master Trackers and to provide regular training workshops to ensure that traditional tracking skills will be passed on to the younger generation.

The Tracker Institute is managed by Louis Liebenberg, Master Tracker Wilson Masia and Senior Tracker Juan Pinto. Louis Liebenberg initiated the CyberTracker Tracker Evaluation system in 1994 at the Thornybush Nature Reserve.