Part 1 of Skeptic Check: Your Inner Lab Coat, featuring Louis Liebenberg, co-founder and Executive Director of Cybertracker Conservation and associate of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University, discussing the science developed 100,000 years ago by animal trackers.
Louis Liebenberg, founder and developer of CyberTracker technology shares his views on the importance of maintaining local knowledge at the forefront and to beware of the fact that technology may seduce users at the cost of dis-empowering local knowledge holders. Louis further highlights the role of the "Training Kit on Participatory Spatial Information Management and Communication" in empowering the grassroots.
In 2001 Louis Liebenberg worked with David Attenborough on this BBC film showing Karoha doing the Persistence Hunt in the Kalahari. In this compelling clip, we see Karoha pursue a kudu through the harshest conditions in a grueling eight hour chase. http://www.youtube.com/bbcearth.
Louis Liebenberg, a South African scientist and tracking expert, believes that the only way to understand and deal with the impact of global warming is to establish an ecosystem's status quo. "At present we have no idea how many species are really threatened, as we do not have enough observations," he says. "Many species could be going extinct without us even knowing it. For example, it is now believed that the Golden Toad [Bufo periglenes] was driven to extinction by climate change. The only reason that this is known is that a research team happened to be studying this particular species. What we need to do now is to generate raw observations about nature, particularly small mammals, reptiles and flora not monitored by conservation agencies, so that we can detect any declines in populations."
- BBC: The Life of Mammals features the Persistence Hunt
- BBC News: South African Innovators - CyberTracker
- TIME Magazine: Keeping Track of a Dying Art
- Audubon Magazine: Off the Beaten Track
- Conservation In Practice: CyberTracker fuses ancient knowledge with cutting-edge technology
- CNN: Wildlife sanctuary gets high-tech shot in arm
- Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife: CyberTracker Monitoring to Fight Upsurge of Rhino Poaching
- Men’s Health: Yes, You Were Born to Run
- The Economist: Hunter-programmes: A new device puts an old skill to work.
- Wired News: Learning to Track Like a Bushman