Remote sensing for savannah species conservation

9 November 2021, 18:00 - 19:30

Monitoring wildlife and the environment is critical for the conservation management of threatened species, including those that live in savannahs. This event will describe how cutting-edge advances in remote sensing and artificial intelligence are enhancing our understanding of species that live in mixed woodland-grassland ecosystems. New technologies are providing previously unimaginable opportunities to detect, identify and track individual animals, and enable us to collect data on an animal’s age, sex, pregnancy status and relatedness among the recorded individuals. These non-invasive approaches are revealing population-related, ecological or behavioural issues that affect species, so that targeted conservation measures can be applied. Such technologies represent a unique tool for decision making and conservation management of savannah species on the brink of extinction.


  • Meyer Etienne de Kock, University of Pretoria, South Africa and Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague: "Automated detection and feature extraction of ungulates from UAV imagery"
  • Larissa Slaney, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and WildTrack Specialist Group: "Tracking cheetahs - How footprint analysis can help cheetah and wildlife conservation"
  • Dr Karolína Brandlová, Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague and Derbianus Conservation NGO: "Mind the stripes! The importance of individual identification for population management"
  • Professor Pavla Hejcmanová, Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London and Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague: "Carrying capacity in ungulate conservation: why to measure and how"




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