Safely tracking and monitoring endangered animals
Despite its importance, this basic data is barely available for just a handful of species. The official body that tracks the conservation status of planet’s species, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species™, currently has over 79,000 species. Yet, the Living Planet report, the most comprehensive effort to track the population dynamics of species around the world, includes just 10,300 populations of just 3,000 species. That’s not even 4%! Scientists do not have the capacity to observe every species at the needed spatio-temporal scales and resolutions and there are not enough GPS collars and satellite tags to do so. Moreover, invasive tracking can be dangerous to the animals.