The Starting Point – Weight


This is where we start, knowing the maximum product weight (wildlife tracking weight restriction) that your study species can reasonably carry.  This is always our first question.  If you don’t know, we can help you find out.  The old 5% rule is no longer valid.  That rule came about in the 1970s when tracking collars were so big and heavy that only very large animals could carry them anyway.  A 2 kg skunk should not be equipped with a 100 gram GPS collar.  That’s 5%.  35 grams is more reasonable, under 2%. But what about 2.5%?  That might not be too heavy but it is grotesquely bulky for a 2 kg animal.  This is just one example, give us a call and we’ll talk you through it.  +1 925-798-1942

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