FIT is based on an ancient tracking technique, and was developed while we were working with bushmen trackers in Southern Africa. Today there are tracking organisations all around the world, and accredited systems of learning the art and science of tracking. Tracking is one of the oldest professions in the world. Whether you are a professional or amateur tracker, or just someone who has come across some animal footprints and would like to know more about them, and perhaps help us in our work.....please get in touch!
The expert tracker and author Mark Elbroch puts it beautifully in his book 'Mammal Tracks and Sign':
'If we followed our lineages back far enough, we would find the trackers from whom we came. During the long era that preceeded agricultural society, the art and science of tracking were necessary skills for survival. One glance at a track, and a story of incredible richness and complexity unfolded..... Today there is renewed enthusiasm for tracking. Scientists, researchers and naturalists are beginning to understand what tracking and trackers have to offer. Ordinary folks are also taking to the woods to reconnect with wilderness, to engage in real relationships with wild creatures and to gain a sense of place by reading the signs left in their own environments. Tracking is really about a greater awareness, a way of living more fully. Tracking centers us in the world and slows us down. It reminds us that there are alternate ways of living on earth that were successful for thousands of years'.