Narrator Lauren Hutton and the National Wildlife Federation's Paula Del Giudice take us on a Kalahari adventure, to discover how the ancient tracking skills of the San are being put to an ingenious new use.
The San people of southern Africa are the world’s most renowned trackers. Commonly known as the bushmen, they have lived on this land for thousands of years and know every thread in the delicate web of life that stretches across the vast, unforgiving desert.
Here, as everywhere, modern influences have taken their toll. Thousands of years of ancestral knowledge are at risk of being lost.
By combining the skills of master tracker Karel ‘Vet Piet’ Kleinman with the latest computer technology, hi-tech tracker Louis Liebenberg brings revolutionary new ideas to modern conservation. San trackers feed raw data on animal behavior into a ‘Cybertracker’, a palmtop computer linked with a GPS satellite positioning system. Processed and analyzed, the data brings new insights to wildlife management policy.
Here in the Kalahari, the San are working closely with conservationists to ensure that future generations inherit Africa’s precious wildlife and the ability to track it.