TRACKING GREVY'S ZEBRA
Save The Elephants (STE) has pioneered collaring technology in Africa and field tested the GPS-GSM collars on elephants. STE then developed the same technology to work on zebras.
The Grevy's Zebra Technical Committee is co-managing a new Grevy's zebra collaring project which will start in November 2010. Data from the collars presents the ideal opportunity to link sophisticated technology to community-led resource management. In this respect we plan to develop a test case with the two community conservancies in Samburu to create a water management model where we will use the GPS-GSM collars to track thechanges in resource use by Grevy’s zebra in response to enhanced resource management.
GPS (Global Positioning System) is a device which can tell us our position on the earth’s surface, together with other information such as date, time and elevation. A GPS is fitted into the zebra collar so that we can set it give us the zebra’s position, in this case every hour.
GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) is what most mobile phone systems operate with. The positions of collared zebras are being communicated via mobile phone technology to a central server in Nairobi. We can then access the data via the internet using a special password given to project partners.