How camera-toting tourists can help save wildlife

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How camera-toting tourists can help save wildlife

Spot of leopard trouble leads researcher to discover that tourist-contributed data is a powerful tool for conservation

Cape Town bureau chief

Wildlife tourists’ photographs could be the key to protecting the animals that attract them to game reserves.

The discovery comes from an analysis of 25,000 photographs taken by tour groups in northern Botswana.

“The results suggest that for certain species and within areas with wildlife tourism, tourist-contributed data can accomplish a similar goal as traditional surveying approaches but at a much lower cost,” said lead researcher Kasim Rafiq, from the University of California Santa Cruz in the US...

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