Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Wildlife tracking study

Zebra at Boteti water point, August 2007

HOORC researcher Casper Bonyongo joined Chris Brooks, and Stephen Harris of the University of Bristol, in studying how the weight of radio collars affects behaviour of, and location error for, plains zebra in the Magkadigkadi and Nxai Pans in northern Botswana. The results of their study, which found that small differences in collar weight or fit can affect specific behaviours, limiting the extrapolation of fine-scaled GPS data, was recently published in the Journal of Wildlife Management. You can find Effects of global positioning system collar weight on Zebra behavior and location error in HOORC's Library.

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