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Wildlife Tracking, GPS Collars For Pangolin And Echidna

The Telemetry Solutions crew is a motley one.  None of us are California natives.  Funny thing about Californians, they all refer to any U.S. city east of Winnemucca as “back east” and I would hazard a guess that often they can’t find Kansas on a map.  I digress.  Everyone here at Telemetry Solutions comes from wildly different backgrounds, ethnically, geographically, education levels, we’re all mixed up. And five are from other countries, spread over three continents.  We even have a Texan working here!  But he’s the only one that thinks Texas is a different country. 

They are all very keen on their work.  I’ve never seen anything like it before.  When 5:30 p.m. rolls around people are still working, they don’t stop.  I have to kick people out. 

Today I was working with the person in charge of the website photography.  He’s not a wildlife biologist, far from it.  He’s an artist.  He and I are complete opposites but we have learned to work together, trying to get onto some common wavelength.  We came to a discussion of our Quantum 4000 GPS tracking collars for small animals and he wanted to know what species could wear which collars.  We make them very small now, down to about 33 grams in collar form.  I told him to wait just a moment and I would list various species that could be associated with our small GPS collars. He wanted to help and began calling out different species.  When he mentioned pangolin and echidna I had to claim ignorance and go directly to the web.  A quick Google image search revealed the animals he was referring to.  As it turns out we do have GPS collars that would work on both pangolin and echidna.  But first we have to find them and I don’t think we should look back east.  Please do let us know if any of you are about to kick off a pangolin or echidna project.

One Response to “Wildlife Tracking, GPS Collars For Pangolin And Echidna”

  1. Stewart Nicol Says:

    Funny to read this. We have been using GPS loggers on echidnas in Tasmania for several years now – not collars, they don’t really have a neck so we glue them to the spines on the back. I have a student planning to try them on pangolins in Malaysia.

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