A new collar that could change the way, how could we understand animals from the wilds is coming soon. Just like when the first smartphone got introduce, this collar can be called the “smart collar as it measures things that people could never imagine when dealing with wild life before. This futuristic collar might transform how wild populations managed, and imagine.
Right now, the collar is under development by academia, and they intend to mass produce over the next few years. It is a combination of global positioning system and accelerometers so that people could measure an animal’s metabolic inner life in leaping, running or sleeping. The news about the collar got so many people from Safari parks of Africa to urbanized zones on the edge of wildlands across the American West. Soon, there will be no more wild life mysteries unexplored.
Professor of biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Terrie Williams, who is also part of the one of three co-investigators on the project, says it is like a diary intended for an animal. The animal could still go where he wants to go and eat anything, but the only difference is that people could locate and know what they ate.
Mischief, the 10-year-old captive female mountain lion in Colorado have provided an essential link in the chain of study. The 121-pound cat lost her mother when her mother got killed by an elk hunter. The hunter gave her to a veterinary to be used for research.
Professor William claims that Mischief helps her in understanding some facts about the lion. Currently, one of her graduate students is developing a collar that could be used for wolves and coyotes.
It takes eight months before the researchers had trained the mountain lion, Mischief and his brother, Rascal to obey what they want the lions to perform. It takes a lot of patience so that the mountain lions can walk in a treadmill for the research. To date, this was the first attempt to train a mountain lion in the treadmill.
Ever since, they got sent over the laboratory. The veterinarian gives them a rigorous training on using the treadmill. It is not an easy job, but eh veterinarian did her job to train the wild lion. Professor Williams admitted that she waited for eight months before she could proceed with the research since there is no available lion she could train.
The research got funds from the National Science Foundation for about $800,000.