Master Class: Animal tracking opens up an entirely different world

The science and art of tracking involves a deep sense of awareness that plays an integral role in understanding nature and animals.

Master Class is a series hosted by Azania Mosaka which explores an array of interesting subjects with an expert serving as an educator to the listeners.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to author and renowned tracker, Tom Brown Jr, about the subject.

Listen to the conversation below:

I am a purist. I believe that a survirorlist should be able to go into the bush with nothing and start making their own primitive tools to take care of themselves and anyone else for that matter.

Tom Brown Jr, author and renowned tracker

Tracking opens up an enitrely different universe to a person once they realise what's going on in that particular track.

Tom Brown Jr, author and renowned tracker

For instance, if you were to stand and wrap the tension to your feet and move your hand to your side to your nose. You'd feel your weight shift to compensate for your arm movement, that shows up in the track.

Tom Brown Jr, author and renowned tracker

It's not just a window to the past, but a window to the animal's very soul to know whether it's hungry, injured or tired.

Tom Brown Jr, author and renowned tracker

There's a number of indicators. There's a male or female pressure release indicator, there's the stride and straddle indication and the general walk... So many characteristics are different.

Tom Brown Jr, author and renowned tracker

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