Google Geo Tools

High tech tools for communicating conservation that anyone can use

With this site, we hope to help to make it easy for you to communicate the conservation efforts on your private area. We've built a tool to help you map conservation areas & actions, but there are many more free tools, like Google Earth, Google Maps and Fusion Tables that allow us to do that, and we'd like you to get the most out of them too.

The best part? You don't have to be a tech wiz or GIS boffin! Have a look at the projects below to see some examples of what you could do. And then head over to our Tutorial page to get started. 

Some Examples
Animate GPS tracks & collar data
Do you have Animal collar data? Or GPS tracks? You can add them to Google Earth and animate animal movement through time like researchers at the Conservation Ecology Research Unit atthe University of Pretoria did.


Show environmental change with old photographs and historical overlays
You can overlay any image onto Google Earth, even a simple JPG. We added an image from 1958 of Hout Bay, RSA to show how developments have changed the shape of a sandy conveyor belt.

Create simple annotations in Google Earth to communicate problems, solutions and change
In Google Earth and Maps, you can quickly and easily draw in illustrated points, lines and polygons to illustrate ideas, like how planting spekboom can help restore degraded land.

Create an interactive map with spreadsheet data

Do you have a spreadsheet with GPS points, or count data for specific areas? You can create a map from a spreadsheet in minutes with Fusion Tables - like we did with SANParks poaching stats. 

Add Shapefiles, GeoTiIFFs and other GIS data
Import your GIS data - or public GIS datasets easily into Google Earth or Fusion Tables. 
This animated map shows protected areas in southern Africa through time. 

Create a cinematic story in Google Earth and share it on your website, or in a presentation

Combine your GPS and GIS data with video, images, and sound to create a complete mini-documentary in Google Earth.