Global Positions System (GPS) Collars.
Close monitoring at all stages of a reintroduction is a required and critical component of best practices in modern conservation biology.
Monitoring reintroduced animals is a critical best practices in modern conservation biology.
Wildlife biologists frequently use GPS tracking devices to monitor animals as they move across large, remote landscapes. GPS tracking is the best way to consistently locate animals in isolated areas, identify habitat preferences and home ranges, and trace the fate of every reintroduced animal.
We conducted extensive research to select appropriate GPS collar models, improve collar fit, and evaluate potential negative effects. Our research shows that oryx may experience minimal effects from collars that fade within hours to days of collar fitting.
All GPS collars used in this project carry a drop-off mechanism to ensure they are removed after a maximum of 3 years. We monitor all released oryx to assess potential problems and remove collars earlier, if necessary. We are also actively investigating alternate tracking technologies.