Now there is a computer program that can take “fur-prints” from a photograph of a tiger! We like to call them “fur-prints” because they can be used to identify any individual tiger. The computer looks at a photograph of each tiger to identify their stripe patterns. It does this in the same way that the FBI looks at a person’s fingerprints. It’s a huge help to people researching tigers. And it’s even helpful to people trying to protect tigers. Isn’t that wild!
Source: Wildlife Conservation Society (2009, March 18). Tracking Tigers In 3-D. ScienceDaily. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090312134639.html