National Park Spotter Etosha

Table of Contents

Standard Version & Pro Version
Data Access

Add Spots
My Spots



The application National Park Spotter offers access to a central database containing geographic data of animal observations. Observation data consist of information about latitude and longitude, animal species and a time stamp. Observations are clearly represented in a graphical way via icons on a map. Additional a filter can be applied in order to keep the results well arranged. This allows to sort out recent observations, which are most valuable for your search for wild animals. All map data are built-in and can be accessed even offline. Also observation data can be downloaded and therefore accessed later in the park even there is no internet connection.
To provide observational data as accurate as possible, your contributions are very valuable as well. Tell us about your observations and add your spots to our central database. In future these can be the base for documentation of movements of individual animals or groups and herds even over a longer period of time.


Water resources and support services in the national park must be calculated depending on the animal population. Only a few animals can be monitored using radio collars in their habitat. Therefore, observations by rangers are the simplest way to get a picture of location and movements of animals. Each additional monitoring information can be helpful here. We therefore also like to share our observation data with scientific projects.


Searching for Spots
You need at least once an internet access to download the current observational data.

Contributing Spots
You need an internet connection. If you don't have a connection to the internet, you can enter the observed animals within the last seven days.

Standard Version & Pro Version

The National Park Spotter is available in two versions. Only the Pro version has access to the monitoring data of the big cats (lion, leopard, cheetah, serval, ...) and rhinos.

Data Access

If you have an internet connection, you have access to the current database. Under certain circumstances, an internet connection is not present in all places in the national park. In this case historical data can be accessed, which have been stored automatically at your last internet connection. The switch between offline and online data is accomplished automatically in the background.
Geographic information and maps are already part of the application and therefore always available even without any internet connection.

Example 1:
Internet is available in the national park:
The current observational data are displayed in real time. Your posted spots are stored in real time on a central database server.

Example 2:
Internet is not available in the national park: Start the National Park Spotter before visiting the park, e.g. in you camp where you might have a Wi-Fi connection. The data will get automatically retrieved from the central server and saved locally, so they can be accessed in offline mode during the park visit at any time.


Thus, the National Park Spotter detects your geographic location, you must give your smartphone or tablet permission for it. If this is given your location is displayed on the map (red jeep), and you are able to add your observations with just 3 clicks.
The location is determined either by triangulation of the mobile broadcast stations or through the built-in smartphone or tablet GPS system that gives the best accuracy.

(bottom left button)

By clicking on the button "Animals" opens the scroll bar for animal selection on the left. In the Pro version all animals are available. In the free version some animals are greyed out and can not be checked. The bar can be moved by up-and-down wiping movements or the arrow buttons to scroll through page by page. The selected animals (checked) are shown at the appropriate observation points on the map. How far the observations are to go back in time, is determined by "Show observations from:" in menu Settings

A click on the text opens the corresponding information page on Wikipedia.

(bottom right button)

The red or green square in the button tells you whether an internet connection is established

green = Connection OK
red = No connection

Spot Data

Date and time of locally stored data set. By "Refresh" the data will get updated. When connected to the Internet, the data are checked for validity and if necessary updated automatically. Refer also to Data Access.

My Location

Displays the current geo position. See also Geo-Position

Add Spot

1. Lookup my location…

First the current geo-location is determined. If this is outside the national park, no observations can be contributed.

2. Select an animal

Just click on the left scroll bar on your animal observed. Only one animal can be selected.

3. Time & Location

If the check box "Use current time and location" is checked, just click the "Finalize" button to complete your contribution.
If the check box "Use current time and location" is unchecked, you have the option to enter manually the date and time. Click then "Continue" to continue with the specification of the location.

4. Enter the location by clicking on the map

If a spot has been place accidentally on a wrong location, you can open the erroneous spot by touching the animal image. The pop-up menu will open and offer a "Remove" button to delete this spot.

A maximum of 20 spots can be entered in a day.

My Spots

Displays a list of all your posts. A click on the icon opens this observation on the map.
Wikipedia icon: opens the corresponding information about the wildlife in the Wikipedia.
A click on the right icon " X " opens a dialogue to remove this spot.


Choice between German and English

Show observations from:
Selection of the period, how far historical observations should be displayed.

Indicator for elder observation icons:
No difference between older and younger observations.

Older posts appear transparent.

Smaller size
Older posts appear smaller.

Transparency & smaller size
Older posts appear transparent and smaller.

Icon size:
Affects the size of the icons on the map.


Opens the help dialogue.

We welcome any feedback and/or suggestions for improvement.

Get the Pro Version
If you are you satisfied with the free version and you also want obtain information about the location of big cats, we would appreciate your decision to purchase our Pro version here.