RADIO COLLARS (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 - Env & Eco)

News-CRUX-10     29th July 2023        

Context: The radio collars of six cheetahs at the Kuno national park in Madhya Pradesh have been removed after advice by South African experts.

  • At least eight of the 20 cheetahs relocated from Namibia and South Africa to Kuno since September 2022 have died so far. 
  • Of these deaths, two were likely due to septicemia after extreme wet conditions caused the collars to give them infections.

Radio collars

  • Radio collars are used to track and monitor animals in the wild.
  • They consist of a collar with a small radio transmitter.
  • Collars provide data on animal behavior, migration, and population dynamics.
  • They can be combined with GPS or accelerometers for additional information.
  • Collars are designed to be lightweight and comfortable for animals.
  • Potential risks and challenges, such as injuries or infections, must be managed.
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