Sighting hotspots are localities were recurring observations of a given animal or group of animals are made over a period of time. These sighting hotspots are ideal for self-drive tourist, which would like to plan their daily trips for the ultimate sightings experience. Planning your game viewing trips using these sighting hotspots would enable you to find you own wildlife sightings and enjoy your own moments in nature.
Because of the dynamics in nature, some animals (especially predators) protect their home range boundaries to secure food, and tend to move or stay for long periods within these boundaries. When the centres of these home ranges are found close to tourist routes, sightings of a given animal or group of animals are often made. Currently many of sightings are reported in public feeds, which are used to compile these sighting hotspot maps.
Sighting hotspots (distribution maps) are an example of how scientist would use observation data, but having this data in the public domain for some animals may pose a potential threat to conservation. We consider the public posting of lion, leopard, elephant, cheetah and wild dog sightings as an equal threat to the conservation effort (similar than posting sightings of rhino onto public feeds) and therefore, users of this app are encouraged only to post information of birds into the public domain, as this information have significant scientific value and less conservation risk. As alternative we created a personal sightings checklist and private sightings group that is for your own use and can be safely used to record your wildlife sightings. You can use these on a daily base to record sightings either to help you to remain focused on wildlife sighting, or to create a personal daily sightings list (record each animal only once a day), or to keep the family or kids engaged in wildlife spotting.
1. Sighting hot spot maps (for trip planning),
2. Create a family (private) sightings group,
3. Sort sightings chronologically or by distance from you,
4. Field notes (snippets of interesting info are awarded for every sighting you are recording),
5. No log in or phone numbers required, no advertisements.
Tags: kruger park guide.
Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements
In this version you can create your own private or family sightings group, also improved sighting hotspot maps for the newer generation devices
Before going to the Kruger National Park, make sure you have the latest version of this app installed (new version once every 2 weeks)