For the protection of rare and endangered species.
Have you seen a Thylacine or something else? You’re not alone, sightings are reported everyday from people of all walks of life.
By adding your sighting to the database you are helping researchers model the movements of rare and endangered species. Sightings don’t have to be recent, old sightings can provide key information even decades later.
There is no right or wrong report and you can elect to remain anonymous. Every piece of information counts.
Note: You can remain anonymous or leave your contact details.
Adding the location of your sighting
On the map use the zoom buttons to zoom in and out. Click and drag to move the map. Once you’re happy with the location right click to add a marker. A marker can be dragged around after it has been added.
Only use this option if you have a good idea what species of animal you saw. If you are unsure then leave this blank and try to describe the animal in the description box below.
Your Name and contact
Typing in your name and contact details are optional, only fill these in if you feel comfortable. We understand if you’re not.
Remember there are no right and wrong answers here, just be as factual as possible. What you write in here is entirely up to you. Below are some things to guide you if you are struggling with writers block.
- Time of day, time of year (if an old sighting)
- Were you alone or with someone
- Was the animal alone
- How long did the sighting last and how clear was your view.
- What colour was it, were there any markings.
- The animals height, long legs or short legs, describe the tail, describe the head.
- What was the animal doing when you spotted it and did it run off.
Why should I make a report?
You may think your sighting is random or unbelievable, so do the people who live two streets down from you. Neither of you will tell the other because no one wants to look silly. By adding your sightings to this database clusters of activity can be identified early and appropriate actions put in place.
Will my report be made public?
Generally no. The aim of this database is the protection of endangered species. People mean well however media hysteria and publicity can have a negative effect on a shy animals chance of survival. We call this the “hug of death”.
I’ve made a report what happens now.
Firstly thankyou, what you’ve done has far greater benefit than most people realise. We understand that an encounter with a rare animal can be life changing, it’s best to try and carry on as normal. If you are having regular visits continue adding reports as they happen, consider carrying a camera with you. Motion activated infrared cameras are now very reasonably priced. If you’ve added your contact details we may contact you to clarify a detail.