We're hosting a workshop to develop the use of FIT for cheetah monitoring, in Namibia in October/November 2010 and we need funding to support it. We now have a large group of cheetah monitoring researchers who are working with us to collect footprints from known cheetah to develop an FIT algorithm for this species.
We have a great venue, Na'an ku se Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary, just outside Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Florian Weise, lead researcher at Na'an ku se, is our partner in the development of FIT for monitoring cheetah, and coordinator of the fieldwork involved.
We need an estimated $15,000 USD to support the workshop, to which 20 top African and Middle-Eastern carnivore researchers will be invited. If you can find us funding, we will invite you as our personal guest to attend the conference which will include trips to see the cheetah and learn about FIT in the field.