Developing and improving upon existing conservation technology is a crucial part of Panthera’s work to monitor cat populations and measure and mitigate threats to their survival.
Camera trapping is a widely used, non-invasive method to monitor wild cat populations. In response to the burgeoning poaching and bushmeat industries, Panthera is developing and testing the V7 PoacherCam, a hidden camera that uses an imaging algorithm to distinguish humans from wildlife and instantly transmits images to law enforcement officials via cellular network.
S M A R T
Wild cats and their prey need well-trained ‘boots on the ground’ to effectively protect them from poachers and other threats. SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) is an accessible computer-based platform used to measure, evaluate, and improve the effectiveness of wildlife law enforcement patrols.
Using satellite imagery, statistical modeling, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the Landscape Analysis Lab helps Panthera identify patterns in landscapes occupied by wild cats, along with the causes and consequences of these patterns.
The Conservation Genetics Program
The Conservation Genetics program is a joint venture between Panthera and the National Genomics Center to advance the development and use of molecular approaches in cat conservation.
Panthera Integrated Data Systems
Panthera Integrated Data Systems, or PantheraIDS, was developed from a need to process, manage and interrogate the myriad of data collected by scientists. Our technology specializes in analyzing camera trapping data by automatically identifying species, number of animals and behavior. Panthera IDS allows users to access data sets from anywhere in the world. In 2020 and beyond, PantheraIDS will be developed to process telemetry data, observation data, sign data and external data sources such as Cybertracker and SMART.