Why do we need to Collar & Monitor Endangered Species?
- Studying the animals and recording behavioural, social and feeding patterns for research purposes.
- Monitoring is an effective way of keeping track of animals movement patterns and demographics and learning about their ecology and population structures.
- Monitoring animals intensively allows us to predict future movements and possible dispersals of wild dogs from their packs, for example.
- We are able to detect if animals have left the confines of the park - allowing us to act immediately to bring them back, thereby preventing conflict and interaction with humans and domesticated animals (which could be carriers of Rabies, Parvo or Distemper virus).
- By being in the field with the animals on a day-to-day basis, we pick up on poaching incidences quickly as well as injuries from fighting and predation.
Equipment Needed For Effective Endangered Species Conservation
- Vulture GPS Backpacks: R8 000 each
- Transmitters: R4 500 each
- Rhino GPS Collars: R15 000 each
- Standard VHF Anti-snare Collar: R5000
- Wild Dog GSM Collars: R20 000 each
- GPS Satellite Collar: R50 000 each
- SAT Collar data download: R1 300 per month
- Vet cost: R8 000 per day
- Chopper cost: R7 700 per hour
- Telemetry Set: R13 000 per set + R300 per cable + R2 000 per antenna
With your support there is hope for our endangered wildlife. Thank you!