Keeping Tabs on Conservation
A vital part of conservation work is knowing how effective the measures put in place to protect species and habitats are, and whether we need to improve our policies and methods. ZSL is pioneering cutting-edge conservation tools that allow us to determine how well biodiversity is being protected by reserves and wildlife patrols, and to target conservation action more effectively.
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How Ecosystems are Functioning
ZSL's innovative Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), uses satellite data to describe the functionality of ecosystems, revealing the effectiveness of protected areas for the first time.
Read about the NDVI
Wildlife Picture Index
The Wildlife Picture Index (WPI) uses the latest camera trapping technology to monitor wildlife in conservation and wilderness areas across the globe. This novel approach is initially being piloted in five countries.
Find out about the WPI
New Tools for Wildlife Patrols
ZSL and partners' KIFARU wildlife monitoring system is used for rhinos across Kenya and Nepal, improving law enforcement and metapopulation management. An upgraded system, M-STrIPES, is used in India to protect tigers.
More on wildlife patrol tools