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Latestsightings.com - find those elusive animals!
« on: July 12, 2012, 06:36:27 pm »
Latestsightings.com
This is not really bike related, but seeing as this forum now has a 4X4 section I do think itís on Ė topic. But really, itís for anybody that likes visiting the National Parks in South Africa, specifically Kruger Park.
On Wednesday I attended a talk where the person who created this site gave us an overview of what it does. Basically itís a sight where you log onto and then you tell people when you see something interesting in the park. Ok, letís say you have just spotted a pride of lions, you log on and give the position and time of where and when you saw the lions. Other visitors using the site will then know if which area to look for lions. 
And of course it works the other way to. While driving around in the park, you keep an eye on the sight Ė yes it does work on cell phones Ė and you get to know where that elusive pack of Wild Dogs (or whatever) is that you have been dying to see for ten years.
I havenít played around too much on the site yet, but according to the creator of the site it integrates well with Facebook , twitter and other programs.
At the talk he gave, this guy stood up in front of an audience of about 100 people and told us how the site works.  Now you might be asking why I bother to mention that, and here is the reason. Nadav, the creator of the site, is fifteen years old. Thatís right, this whole thing was put together by a kid of fifteen.
The site is so successful that parks officials are using it to track where animals are so that they can go looking for them.
Save the Rhino Ė Nadav did ask that no sightings of Rhino be given on his site, as he feels this might help poachers in their efforts. Any rhino sightings that are posted will be promptly removed.

Hope you guys find this site useful!

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Re: Latestsightings.com - find those elusive animals!
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2012, 10:03:23 am »
That's pretty cool, Leon! I love it when young SAns come up with these innovations.
Ek sal laaik van n prentjie hier sit, maar is te f0kken onnosel...
 

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Re: Latestsightings.com - find those elusive animals!
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2013, 05:55:45 pm »
Just a quick update on this topic. It seems the site does not work quite as well as I advertised, for the simple reason that there is not much cell signal once you leave the camps in the Kruger park.
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