Kākāpō dreaming – A Wildlife Drones adventure tracking one of the most endangered species on the planet

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It was 4:30am when we crawled out of bed. Finally, we had arrived in New Zealand on a mission to trial our drone radio-tracking technology for the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) Kākāpō recovery program.  But before we could even reach the island where almost half of the Kākāpō population exists, we had to pass inspection at the quarantine station and squeeze all of our drone gear into a tiny Cessna –in the pouring rain. The light was slowly seeping through the fog when we took off over the grey coastline.  But our attention rapidly turned from the weather to the […]

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Positive Impacts of COVID-19 on the Illegal Wildlife Trade

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If you told me a few months ago that the world would have literally gone into lockdown because of a global pandemic – I probably wouldn’t have believed you. But here we are. At Wildlife Drones we have been working from home for over the past two weeks. Like many other organisations around the world, this has quickly become our new norm. But for how long? Who knows. Discussions about COVID-19 have mostly focused on the negative implications that this will have to our healthcare system, economy and so on. But amidst all of this, there is a silver lining. […]

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A Fiery Summer in Australia and What this Means for our Wildlife

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Australia has experienced its worst bushfire season on record. It is estimated that 800 million animals have been lost in NSW alone – with the national toll now believed to have exceeded the one billion mark.  Fires have always played an integral role in shaping Australia’s unique landscape. As a result, much of our flora and fauna have evolved to cope with the positive and negative impacts that fires bring. But this season’s unprecedented ferocity and size is testing our ecosystem’s ability to survive and bounce back.  In the days just after a fire, surviving animals are at a much […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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! […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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