Hi, I’m Jack (see about author section to the right) and this is a fundraising page for Larissa’s FIT Cheetah research project. The funding raised will be added to Larissa’s Crowd.Science page at the end of this campaign.
What I intend to do:
I am going to walk from ‘Magor Marsh’, across the severn bridge towards the ‘Wild Place Project’. The walk will total around 20 miles. To me, the walk symbolises stepping into another world, exploring new paths, as I did when I first travelled to Africa and fell in love with wildlife.
This campaign will only be funded if at least £300.00 are pledged by Jan 2018. If £500.00 are pledged, I will do the walk in a cheetah onesie. If £1000.00 is reached, Larissa, the researcher, has agreed to join Jack on the walk and also wear a cheetah onesie.
If anyone else would like to join in a cheetah onesie for this UK safari they are welcome to and can set up a Crowd.Science page to raise further funds for the project!
Why I am doing this fundraiser:
In summer 2017, I worked as a volunteer at the Na’ankusê Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia for three months. During this time, I learned about wildlife conservation and the different techniques used for it, including the Footprint Identification Technique (FIT). I was introduced to FIT by wildlife conservationist Larissa Slaney who also explained about her own research.
FIT was developed by WildTrack and is based on the knowledge of the native trackers. Its software reads and interprets digital footprints of animals and can already give information regarding the species, individual, sex and age class with high accuracy. It has been developed for several endangered species, including the cheetah, my favourite animal. Larissa is now doing a self-funded PhD to find out if FIT can also tell us whether two individuals are related. I was so fascinated by FIT, which has so much potential as a non-invasive monitoring technique for many endangered species, that I have decided to support Larissa’s research with this fundraiser. Hopefully, together, we can raise awareness and help save the cheetah and other endangered wildlife.
Larissa offers everyone who donates any amount access to her research blog for the entire time of the research. It’s a great way to follow a research project from start to finish!
Please give generously!
You can also read more about the project on Larissa’s page. All funds raised through this page will be added to Larissa’s at the end of this campaign. The thank you gifts for backing Larissa’s project are the same on this page as Larissa’s