TRACKING GREVY'S ZEBRA
Technology for Conservation
The Grevy's Zebra Technical Committee is co-managing a collaborative Grevy's zebra collaring project. Data from the collars provide fine-grained movement information that allows us to understand how Grevy’s zebra respond to the different variables in their range and how we can use these results for enhanced conservation planning.
How a GPS-GSM collar works
A 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.
Tracking Study Animals
In addition to the collar data, an important component of the project is to monitor the reproductive status of our collared Grevy’s zebra so that we know when foals are born and how their mothers utilise resources during this time.