Jewish Teenager From South Africa Develops Wildlife Tracking Website

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Johannesburg, South Africa | Latest Sightings,  founded by Jewish kid, Nadav Ossendryver at age 15 (now 17), a King David Linksfield High School student in Johannesburg, South Africa, is an example of what a young entrepreneur can accomplish using new technologies.

Channelling his passion for wildlife, conservation and his love of the Kruger Park, he has created an online, real-time, wildlife spotting service for visitors to the Kruger.  Latest Sightings uses the concept of crowd sourcing, combining social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,  BBM groups, a website and an  iPhone  and Android  app (read more about apps here),  to inform visitors to the park (as well as enthusiasts worldwide) where interesting animals and birds have just been spotted.  Not yet a year old, Latest Sightings has over 100,000 members in its community, across all the media.

The site has become an integral part of wildlife research, for example, teaming up with KNP Wild Dogs, Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the Leopard Identification Project.

Through his Latest Sightings community, he has saved wildlife from poaching such as rhinos, hyenas and wild dogs.

Nadav was the past “Eco Ambassador” for the EWT (Endangered Wildlife Trust), the youngest “Virtual Honorary Ranger” appointed by SANParks. He was awarded the prestigious “Lead SA Youth Hero” for his charitible work in wildlife and conservation. He was also chosen by Treehugger  in a list of  “19 Kids Around the world that will save the world from Adults.

(Photo credit: Ilan Ossendryver)

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