As you might know we track some of our animal movements by the use of telemetry. We use two types of telemetry tracking (one with a collar and the other with an internal transmitter).
Telemetry tracking is especially important when it comes to knowing whether a predators are still inside the reserve and not on the neighbouring farmer’s land. Telemetry tracking is also important for research (tracking of movements, animal interactions and to determine territory sizes). The lifespan for the tracking device battery is roughly 18 months and thus have to be replaced. The SCE volunteers, who work with animals, was lucky enough to get the chance to track one of our female leopards, watch the darting and watch our wildlife Vet Dr Johan Joubert replace her old internal transmitter. A once in a life time opportunity to get up close and personal with such a rarely seen animal.