High-Tech Collars

Wildlife tracking devices have come a long way since the 1960’s. Back then scientists attached balloons to the backs of seals so they could follow them around the ocean by boat. Today GPS tags allow you do get dozens of locations a day on your study animals without leaving the comfort of your office (except to tag the animal in the first place of course). But despite this large quantity of location data, we still don’t know what the animals are actually doing with their time. To solve this problem we’re designing a new generation of wildlife collars that simultaneously record the behavior and position of an animal. If we’re successful, it will open up a whole new window into wildlife research, conservation and management. We put together a little video to explain the collar in more depth.

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