Published on: November 23, 2021

RADIO-COLLARING

RADIO-COLLARING

http://newbeginningadultcare.com/our-unique-centre/ NEWS

http://thisistanuja.com/press/when-we-were-twins-press/ Assam’s forest department is planning to collar at least five elephants in high-conflict habitats in the coming months.

WHAT ARE RADIO-COLLARS

  • GPS-enabled collars
  • Relay information about an elephants’ whereabouts
  • Weigh roughly 8 kg and are fitted around the elephant’s neck
  • According to a WWF blog, collaring includes identifying a suitable candidate (generally an adult elephant), darting it with a sedative, and fitting a collar around the elephant’s neck, before the animal is revived.
  • Team also attaches an accelerometer to the collar to “understand what exactly an elephant is doing at any given time (running, walking, eating, drinking, etc)”.

HOW DOES RADIO-COLLARING HELP

  • Help us track and study the movement patterns of the herd, across regions and habitat
  • Serve as an early warning system, and if people know which direction an elephant is moving, they can prepare accordingly
  • Main objective is long-term study of movement patterns

CHALLENGES/DRAWBACKS

  • All components are not available in India-have to be imported and are quite expensive.
  • Can only be focussed on a senior elephant so there is less chance of growth
  • Many times elephants are not able to keep the collar on