Tracking Pangolins in Vietnam

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In a world first, Wildlife Drones have been working with Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW) to track the movements of critically endangered Sunda Pangolins in Vietnam from the air. Often mistaken as reptiles, pangolins are actually one of the only known mammals to be covered in large, protective scales. While their scales serve to protect them from predators in the wild, they are also what makes them prized by poachers.  In fact, Pangolins are considered to be one of the world’s most trafficked mammals. In the fight against the illegal wildlife trade, our partners at SVW have worked tirelessly to rescue […]

AWMS2019: Improving wildlife management in remote places with technology

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When you work with wildlife, you are bound to end up in some pretty remote places. From desolate islands to dense jungles, our customers have already taken our technology into areas where few have been. For us, the prospect of our technology being used to improve fieldwork in remote landscapes has been an exciting one. Drones have already proven to be an effective tool for rapidly surveying large areas and for locating multiple animals. Last week, we attended the Australasian Wildlife Management Society’s (AWMS) conference up in Darwin to learn more about wildlife management in remote landscapes and how technology […]

Our Investors’ Demo

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It’s been six months since we first received funding and to celebrate, we invited our investors to Canberra to see Wildlife Drones in action. For most of our investors, this was the first time that they’ve seen our system in operation and our new user interface. In the morning, Debbie introduced everyone to Wildlife Drones’ HQ at CEAT (Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology), gave a presentation discussing our company’s progress as well as a brief walkthrough on how to use our very user-friendly interface. We then performed a live demo, by flying the drone around a local field testing site to […]

The Struggles of Radio-Tracking Animals

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Since taking on my new role as Marketing and Communications Officer at Wildlife Drones, I’ve been incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to go out on project demos with the team. Out in the field, I get to film and photograph the day, and sometimes I even get to encounter the wildlife! There’s something truly unique and unforgettable about being able to observe animals in their natural habitat. But I’ve quickly learned that finding them is no easy task. I’ve been able to follow people who manually radio-track wildlife and let me tell you – it’s seriously hard work! […]

Wildlife Drones Goes Goanna Tracking

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“If we can just fly a drone overhead and collect GPS data without having to negotiate cliffy areas and Blackthorn scrub, it would save lots of time and energy and a few twisted ankles”. – Dr Don Fletcher In January, we had the opportunity to track Rosenberg’s Goannas in Namadgi National Park. It was a significant day for us as this was our first time tracking a ground-dwelling animal and the first time we had incorporated a GPS-download with our system. The goannas we were tracking were part of a project led by Dr Don Fletcher, a volunteer researcher from […]

Putting Cows with Zebras – Can Integrating Livestock with Wildlife Work?

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With our recent move into our new offices within the Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology (CEAT) we are particularly interested in exploring how our drone tracking technology originally developed for use with wildlife and invasive species can also be applied in different contexts, such as within the livestock industry. We believe there is a growing need to understand and better manage stock movements as the human population continues to rapidly expand and the demand for land devoted to the production of agriculture and livestock increases. However, is it possible to strike a happy medium between the needs of growing livestock demands […]

Wildlife Drones Demos Across Australia

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In December, we had the fantastic opportunity to travel from one end of the country to the other to demonstrate our system to very enthusiastic crowds.  First stop was in Hobart Tasmania where we were invited to present at a Drones for Wildlife Management workshop for the Australasian Wildlife Management Society (AWMS) Conference.  A few key things we noticed at this workshop included: A wide diversity of people from government departments, universities and the environmental consultant industry have already embraced the use of drones for a wide range of unique applications and are constantly coming up with new ideas on […]

3 Tips for Tracking Animals with Drones

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Drones have enabled us to gain so many unique insights into the lives and habitats of various species, and now there is even greater scope to combine different sensors, such as thermal and multispectral cameras together with radio-tracking receivers for unprecedented fine scale data collection on individuals and their habitats. Radio-tracking animals with drones involves the use of the latest innovative technology, including a unique combination of hardware and software. Unlike most other drone applications using visual sensors to observe and study a range of wildlife species, our system enables drones to listen for radio tag signals.  That is, Wildlife […]

Out and About with Wildlife Drones: Laura in Japan

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Last month, our science communication intern, Laura, went on a trip to Japan to study geological hazards. Read on to hear about what she got up to…   In early September, I went to Japan for a Science Communication fieldtrip with the University of Tokyo’s Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute (AORI). The focus of the trip was to investigate impact of geological hazards on Japan and how these can be communicated to the broader community. Our first week was spent mostly travelling down the east coast of Japan where we learned about the impact of earthquakes and tsunamis. This included […]